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On Tuesday, Feb. 16, President Obama visited and toured the NECA / IBEW Local 26 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee facility, located in Lanham MD., and spoke about the importance of skilled labor in helping the U.S. transition to cleaner energy sources.  Joined by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the President remarked how sites like the one in Lanham highlight the potential of the clean energy sector in helping the U.S. become less dependent on foreign oil.  The JATC facility is a joint-run effort of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), training electrical and telecommunication workers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

“This is an extraordinarily impressive facility, where workers are instructed on everything from the installation of sophisticated energy hardware and software to the basics of current and resistance.  We need to look no further than the workers and apprentices who are standing behind me to see the future that's possible when it comes to clean energy,” said Obama.  “It's a future in which skilled laborers are helping us lead in burgeoning industries.  It's a future in which renewable electricity is fueling plug-in hybrid cars and energy-efficient homes and businesses.  It's a future in which we're exporting homegrown energy technology instead of importing foreign oil.  And it's a future in which our economy is powered not by what we borrow and spend but what we invent and what we build.”

The President also talked about the large federal investment his administration had made in clean energy, one that he said is expected to create over 700,000 jobs nationally.  Registered Apprenticeship has already been identified as a key component in support of that investment in several areas (i.e. recently announced Energy Training Partnerships grants will provide nearly $100 million to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable industry credentials and employment, including career opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship programs) and we are excited to join our Labor and Employer partners to train our country’s next generation of workers, prepared to lead the U.S. efforts to grow the clean energy sector.

I encourage you to read the full transcript of the President’s remarks and to go back and read about the role Registered Apprenticeship is expected to play in carrying out the goals of the Energy Training Partnerships grants Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a few weeks ago. 

John V. Ladd
National Office of Apprenticeship

The Office of Apprenticeship has released two new briefing papers on Registered Apprenticeship and healthcare that make the case for using the model in this growing industry.  Registered Apprenticeship helps address some of the critical issues in healthcare including recruitment and retention, cost-effective training, wage increases and improved patient care. Both papers describe some of the successful models that exist as well as discuss opportunities and challenges. 


Using Registered Apprenticeship to Build and Fill Healthcare Career Paths, discusses how Registered Apprenticeship can be a critical part of building the healthcare workforce by increasing skill levels without huge cost increases.  The model offers the structure and rigor that helps professionalize entry-level healthcare occupations and prepares individuals for the challenge of higher level health careers.  Apprenticeship is already used extensively in healthcare without being called “apprenticeship.”  Nurses do clinical rotations and doctors serve residencies before they complete their degrees and nearly all healthcare occupations require a demonstration of competency before a certificate or credential is awarded. 



Using Registered Apprenticeship to Build and Fill Career Paths in Health Information Technology focuses on the earn and learn aspects of the model, showing that workers’ skill levels increase simultaneously while they study their profession, so they become more productive at a faster rate than if they were only taking classes.  The traditional health information technology model focuses only on classroom education. 


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Apprenticeship in California

Currently California has 232 Federally registered apprenticeship programs. The State also sponsors apprenticeship through the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the California Apprenticeship Council. While the DAS and CAC are not recognized by the Federal Office of Apprenticeship there is still a good working relationship between the agencies.

There are 48,328 Federal apprentices which is a decrease from previous highs of over 50,000 apprentices. California apprenticeship has seen a decrease that has mirrored the high unemployment rates.

The Federal programs are comprised of Federal prisons, health care, construction, barbering, cosmetology, manufacturing, energy, automotive, state and local agencies.

Although California has experienced a down turn in apprenticeship activity there has been a strong interest to establish and register new apprenticeship programs in construction, renewable energy industries, and health care.

The Office of Apprenticeship staff consists of State Director Rick Davis who also manages the Northern California programs and ATR Arthur Page who oversees the Southern California programs.

California held an Action Clinic on June 18, 2009 that was attended by approximately 200 people representing local workforce investment areas, Workforce Investment Act partners, registered apprenticeship programs, and local businesses which was a statewide repeat of the Regional Action Clinic held earlier in the year in San Francisco. Two additional clinics were held with the focus of educating the partners of the performance measures and inter workings of each agency in order to foster a better understanding of how the agencies can better collaborate in apprenticeship measures.

California apprenticeship has strong ties with the Community College system. Most program sponsors utilize the Community Colleges for related instruction. The California Community College system supplies representatives to assist apprenticeship programs in the development of related instruction.

While California has seen a very high level of assistance through ARRA funding the apprenticeship community has not seen a significant increase in activity. There is currently an active movement involving the City of Sacramento and several partners including Workforce, education, the public, and industry, in an effort to develop a new apprenticeship program specifically to address the green construction industry and to train new employees through registered apprenticeship for the industry.

Rick Davis
State Director USDOL/ETA/OA
2800 Cottage Way
Room W-1836
Sacramento, California 95825
Phone: 916-978-4618

Arthur Page
Apprenticeship Training Representative USDOL/ETA/OA
5675 Ruffin Road
Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123-1362
Fax: 602/771/1205

Respectfully Submitted by 

Rick Davis, OA State Director


Waking up in Jonesboro
Posted on February 11, 2010 by Tori Huggins
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Hey everybody,

        I apologize for my lack of writing the last few months.  I have been quite busy but I'm sure all of you have been too. For October, November, and part of December I had been working at the Post Cereal Plant in Jonesboro, AR for W. Soule. We were working twelve and a half hour days, seven days a week.  After work I had enough time to eat, shower and then go to bed.  Although the days were long and tiring, I made a lot of money and gained a lot of work experience.  There was so much welding to be done each day that I capitalized on making myself a better and more proficient welder. The work that I do is very demanding and at times exhausting, but I know that If I want to be a great welder then I have to appreciate the opportunity to have so much work.  Every time I burn another rod I understand more about the welding machine, the electrode(the rod) and my capabilities to handle it all.  I have always heard practice makes perfect. While working at Post, I got the opportunity to weld on materials that I was not familiar with.  I think I was ready to scream and pull my hair out after an hour of welding unfamiliar metals.  I knew I couldn't let it get the best of me and after a day of figuring the metal, the heat and speed I needed to make a secure weld, I conquered it.  Which by the way is very rewarding and my supervisor rewarded me also, with more welding.  I would have continued to work there past December but my dad was hospitalized with major heart problems.  There is no job out there that is more important then family to me.  For the time that I was there, I took the knowledge that I have learned in my apprenticeship classes, applied it to the job and vice versa.  I also got to eat a lot of cereal which I have to admit was the best part.  Who doesn't like Post cereal?

Disaster Response: The Time to Step-up is Past Due


If you live on the mid- to upper- East Coast, you probably have had enough snow for awhile. Nonetheless, another front is about to hit and cripple a number major cities in the US again. How we as a people deal with these weather-related occurrences must become food for thought as Registered Apprenticeship programs make their push to implement the updated standards into their curricula.

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of chairing a Labor-Management Advisory Committee for the International Code Council. In fact, Tony Swoope (former National Director of the US-DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship) attended and participated in a number of our meetings. One of the last topics we discussed, prior to the disbanding of this committee, was disaster relief. What is it that we as a construction community can do to play a significant part by helping others in need (i.e., Katrina, Haiti, etc.)?


Most, if not all, construction-related apprenticeship programs teach an array of courses (i.e., OSHA10, FA/CPR, Rigging, etc.) that play a vital role in disaster relief and/or recovery. Many of our contractors have yards with idle equipment. Several of our tradespeople are currently wanting for work. It is a shame that we have the capacity to assist others but lack the desire or willingness to follow through…As the wealthiest nation in the world, we owe it to others to step-up and take the lead!


Idaho State University has a long history in offering certified U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Programs throughout Southeastern Idaho. These Registered Apprenticeship Programs connect job seekers with good paying jobs.

Bonnie Duden, Apprenticeship Program Consultant, sent this video to the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship staff and knew that our community would enjoy it too, especially with the newest Webinar Invitation:  Youth Entrepreneurship as a Tool in the Workforce Development Kit.

Grab a bag of buttery popcorn, an ice cold soda and some hot tamales and enjoy the show.

Apprenticeship Carolina
Posted on February 01, 2010 by Thao Nelson
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South Carolina employers discuss the benefits of registered apprenticeship.
FY11 Budget
Posted on February 01, 2010 by John Ladd
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2011 DOL Budget Roll-Out

Please visit on Monday, February 1 at 12:30 p.m. EST for the release of the 2011 DOL Budget information, including detailed budget documentation, videos from the Secretary and other DOL leaders, and live chats. DOL will also host a live Q&A session with our leadership to answer your questions about our 2011 budget:

  • Monday’s Web chat will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST:
    • Secretary Solis: 1 p.m. EST
    • Workforce Investment: 2 p.m. EST
    • Worker Protections: 2:30 p.m. EST

Choose one of these four easy ways to participate in the Web chat:

  • Enter your question directly into the live chat window found at the link above
  • Use the hashtag #DOLBUDGET on Twitter
  • Call our National Contact Center at 1-866-487-2365
  • E-mail us at