A tremendous success story of an African American youth in post-Katrina New Orleans who made the most of a pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program to secure his future for his family.
During the Summer of 2012, the Secretary of Labor challenged the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) to develop recommendations that leverage the Registered Apprenticeship model and its system of over 250,000 employers, joint labor-management organizations, and industry and educational partners to help ensure America stays competitive in today's global economy. Through months of hard work, the ACA developed the "Shared Vision for Increasing Opportunity, Innovation, and Competitiveness for American Workers and Employers: A Report from the Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.” This report reflects their recommendations for advancing Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century. We thank the ACA for the hard work and dedication they put into producing these recommendations. Read more on the report and download it in full Here.
On June 5 and 6 the Secretary of Labor's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) met, along with leaders from throughout the Apprenticeship & Veterans assistance communities, to develop strategeis aimed at helping transitioning Vets gain access to well-paying long-term careers. Read more here.
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, widely known as the UA, was established on October 11, 1889. 120 years later, the UA is still going strong
Update: August 1 (7:45 a.m. EDT) We mentioned earlier that Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis joined our “Trailblazer and Innovator” Registered Apprenticeship programs being recognized for their innovative efforts to train U.S. workers. For more on the “meet and greet”, including photos of the event, be sure to check out the Secretary’s blog post by visiting the Department of Blog Page http://social.dol.gov/blog/
Long-time supporter of Registered Apprenticeship and member of the Secretary of Labor's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) Stephen Mandes passed away on Friday, April 27. The Registered Apprenticeship community pays tribute to him and his dedication to the manufacturing industry and its workers; and his strong belief in the use of the Registered Apprenticeship model to produce the best trained, highly skilled manufacturing workforce in the world
Registered Apprenticeship is celebrating the 75th Anniversary since the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937. In honor of this important milestone and in preparation for events later this summer, the Department of Labor in partnership with the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA), is launching a search to identify examples of “Trailblazers and Innovators” of 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship.
The latest Techniques Magazine has a feature on Apprenticeship! Skip to page 22 for "50,000 Reasons Why Apprenticeship Works" by Assistant Secretary Jane Oates and Office of Apprenticeship Administrator John V. Ladd. Also, be sure to read "Should Your School Offer Apprenticeship Training?" on page 16.
What is Registered Apprenticeship?
This report is an environmental scan of the impact of recent policies and investments supporting “green jobs” on current and potential Registered Apprenticeship and other labor management training programs. The scan highlights the trends, activities, and changes that are underway in several key industries that will likely make up a significant portion of the emerging green economy.
Leveraging Registered Apprenticeship as a Workforce Development Strategy for the Workforce Investment System
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has launched its new "Apprenticeship Montana" Web site. It's a fantastic example of outreach and awareness-building for both potential apprentices (geared toward middle and high school students) AND parents. Check it out! The direct link to the site is http://www.exploreapprenticeship.mt.gov/default.asp.
This interactive online Breeze course provides a basic "101" training about the Workforce Investment system, and how it might be better integrated with Registered Apprenticeship to support the goals of both programs.
This interactive online Breeze course provides a basic "101" training about the Registered Apprenticeship system, and how it might be better integrated to support the Workforce system, the Education system, and other partners.
ETA Announces Availability of "The Benefits and Challenges of Registered Apprenticeship: The Sponsor's Perspective"; Encourages the Use of "Community of Practice" to Share Insights
This is a study ETA commissioned by Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute and American University, “The Benefits and Challenges of Registered Apprenticeship: The Sponsors’ Perspective.” Findings show that 97 percent of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors—employers and labor-management programs alike—are highly satisfied with the model and would recommend it to other businesses. More than 80 percent of sponsors say that they use Registered Apprenticeship to meet their need for skilled workers. Another 72 percent say that Registered Apprenticeship helps them show which workers have needed skills; and 68 percent feel that the model raises productivity, strengthens worker morale and pride and improves worker safety. Few other publicly funded workforce programs have this level of satisfaction from employers and labor-management partnerships.
What is the Workforce Investment Act?