The One-Year Anniversary of the signing of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is commemorated by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in this short video. Apprenticeship is highlighted as a key part of the expanded access American workers will have to enter training that leads to career pathways through WIOA.
Great article from the Sacramento Bee on low income, hard-to-serve youth accessing career training through a partnership between Job Corps, the Operating Engineers Local 3 - Rancho Murieta, CA.-, and the Sacramento Kings that results in apprenticeship opportunities with the potential to change lives and provide a pathway to a good career.
Great article from Jan. 12 on the US News & World Report site touts Apprenticeship as the “gateway” to the middle class. The article shares the story of apprentices working their way through a Mechatronics program with Siemens that results in an Associates degree and a job earning $55K a year. Longtime Apprenticeship advocate Bob Lerman, economics professor at American University and fellow at the Urban Institute, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez also weigh in in support of apprenticeship expansion in the U.S.
Great Article from the June 20 Chicago Tribune covering the American Apprenticeships Roundtable - Manufacturing, held in Chicago the same day. Read how the Manufacturing industry is driving the advancement of Registered Apprenticeship to address the need for qualified workers in growing sectors of the industry.
Stacey Jarrett Wagner, a Workforce Systems Development Manager with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), wrote this great blog on the re-emergence of Registered Apprenticeship as a popular work-based education and training option. Jarrett-Wagner shares her thoughts on the history of, and recent increase in popularity of, the Registered Apprenticeship model Read it Now.
The White House has issued a blog highlighting Vice President Joe Biden's announcement of the launch of the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC), an effort to aid U.S. apprentices in earning college credit through training and classroom instruction completed as they progress through a Registered Apprenticeship program. Read the White House Blog here - written by Sean O'Brien, White House Director of Speechwriting for the Vice President.
President Obama discussed the need to prepare workers with job-ready skills during his January 28 State of the Union Address, and followed that by highlighting the need for more apprenticeships to accomplish that goal. Read more here.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants your feedback. The EPA has recently published the "President’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)" Playbook to provide info on available federal planning grant and technical resources and best practices in economic development to assist communities in their efforts to attract Manufacturing industry investment and jobs.
The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship and the Office of Apprenticeship have recently issued a paper titled --"Recommendations to Encourage Registered Apprenticeship – Community-Based Organization Partnerships" -- focusing on the importance of increasing connections among the Registered Apprenticeship system and Community-Based organizations (CBOs). The “white paper” aims to help address the need of American industry for a highly skilled workforce, and offer recommendations for providing often under-represented populations a viable pathway to the middle class.
Archived Recording of the April 11,2013 "Economic Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship for Apprentices and the Public Sector" Webinar. This Webinar provided an overview of the results of a recent Mathematica Policy Research study on the high earnings potential of Apprentices and the cost-benefits to the public sector and taxpayers. The Webinar also highlighted how Washington State has used funding for School to Registered Apprenticeship programs, non-traditional Apprenticeships, and Apprenticeships in high-demand industries. If you missed the Live Webinar, download the recorded version to hear from presenters on strategies for advancing Registered Apprenticeship to meet the 21st century workforce challenges facing the U.S. today. Speakers included Apprenticeship Administrator John Ladd, Deputy Director for the Washington State Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board Bryan Wilson, and American University Professor of Economics and Urban Institute Fellow Bob Lerman.
In this video, Mike Rowe testifies before Congress and mentions Apprenticeship. Mike is a huge promoter of skilled trades and references his show, "Dirty Jobs," and the fact that his grandfather was a skilled tradesmen. Mike's testimony shows the need for a big publicity campaign for skilled trades to address the growing skills gap.
What is Registered Apprenticeship?
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) have released a joint publication, Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways. This resource highlights successful career pathway models that create relevant, challenging learning environments for students and are designed to increase American employers' access to highly-skilled, qualified workers. Thriving in Challenging Times profiles 17 local and two statewide career pathways programs in multiple industry sectors, documenting the challenges, strategies, results, and business engagement each partnership has experienced.
Leveraging Registered Apprenticeship as a Workforce Development Strategy for the Workforce Investment System
Toolkit and White Paper on Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities through Apprenticeship
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
What is the Workforce Investment Act?
Rhode Island Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio authored this Op Ed for the Providence Journal highlighting his efforts to push legislation that will help address Rhode Island's skills gap through the expansion of Apprenticeship opportunities in non-traditional industries. Click the View Page Now button to the right to read the full article.