As I sat at my keyboard today working on the usual day-to-day, somewhat mundane - yet necessary - projects that help us keep the ball rolling on Registered Apprenticeship activities, I came across the article below and it reminded how much Apprenticeship, and the apprentices that walk through its doors, have impacted our country over the last ohhhh….400 years. After reading it, I was energized to complete the task that I previously was sitting here complaining to myself about and realized that if it’s necessary to help promote Registered Apprenticeship, then it’s worth it!
A Punch Bowl that dates back to 1700 just sold at auction for $5.9 million dollars. And the guy who made it learned his craft through….you guessed it – An APPRENTICESHIP!
Take a quick look at the Punch Bowl and then read on to learn more about how Apprenticeship played its part in providing the skills needed to create it. Those skills are still being taught today. Not necessarily to make Punch Bowls. But in everything from modern buildings with solar panels, to manufacturing processes that create more efficiency and better quality, Registered Apprenticeship is still impacting how, and how well, thousands of U.S workers do their jobs today.
AMERICAN SILVER BOWL SETS RECORD AT AUCTION
An American silver bowl (est., $400,000-$800,000) set a record of $5,906,500 at a Sotheby's auction last Friday. The punch bowl was made about 1700-1710 by Cornelius Kierstede and descended from the original Royalist owner to his present-day English relatives, who revealed its existence in 2009.
Amazing...truly amazing. So much more than a punch bowl. Some background on Kierstede:
Kierstede was born in
Liz Smith, Program Manager for Washington State Department of Labor
& Industries, Office of Apprenticeship, wanted to share this upcoming conference with our community-The Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference.
The conference will take place May 19-20, 2010 in Tacoma, Washington. Visit the conference website for more information and registration details.
Liz says, "The keynote speaker is going to be Dr. Robert
Lerman, first Senior Fellow for Labor and Social Policy of the Urban
Institute, and American University Economics Professor, and frequently cited
expert supporting registered apprenticeship on the COP."
Registration is now open and there is a sweetheart deal for early registrations before February 14th!
Editor's note: this
blog post is from Heather Stefan, Director of Apprenticeship from the great state of Louisiana and our #2 contributor to our community. Chad- your #1 position is in jeapordy.
Happy New Year, one and all! This is going to be a quick post, because I don't have the time to wax poetic as I normally "try" to - but that will come later. I'm just throwing this out for those who might be interested.
Currently, Apprenticeship Program sponsors number 116 with around 3,700 apprentices registered on RAPIDS( The USDOLs electronic Apprenticeship system).
Apprenticeship Programs in
Support for Registered Apprenticeship continues to grow in the State due to the relationship between the Office of Apprenticeship, the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee (a Governor appointed committee), and the Arkansas Department of Labors’ Department of Workforce Services, Department of Career Education, and the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board (WIB) who collaborates continuously to address key issues regarding workforce development needs throughout the State of Arkansas. The Dallas Action Clinic brought together all three of these entities in a collaborative effort to bring about real change in the relationship between apprenticeship sponsors and the workforce development system in the State. This collaboration continues as the product of an MOU signed by the Department of Labors’ Workforce Services, Career Education, Workforce Investment Board and the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee which has been presented to the Governor for inclusion in the Arkansas Strategic Plan which stresses education of the State Workforce Center staff and local Workforce Investment Boards regarding Registered Apprenticeships impact on the local community and education of Apprenticeship sponsors on the services available at the Workforce Centers.
The above was submitted to me by:
Donald E. Reese
State Director USDOL/ETA/OA
- Room 3507, 700
West Capitol Street,
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3204
Collaboration: A Key to Mutual Success
In a December 2009 report by Dr. Robert Lerman (Training Tomorrow’s Workforce: Center for American Progress), it is suggested that the plethora of ARRA stimulus funds flowing to America’s community colleges might be better invested in students/workers if the current Administration would insist on greater collaboration between this system and registered apprenticeship programs. I could not agree more and have attempted to develop partnerships of the like across this great country over the past three-plus decades. For those of you looking for innovative and creative community college/apprenticeship models, I highly recommend you seek the assistance of Craig Fry with Ivy Tech College in Indianapolis, Indiana and/or Gil Kennon with Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri. Their willingness to customize AAS degree programs to fit the needs of apprentices and their industries is beyond reproach.
If you seek additional information along these lines, Dr. Lerman will be presenting at the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans 2010 Training Trustees Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 11th.