In the current economy, organizations everywhere are being forced to
cut budgets. Education is no exception. During budget cuts earlier in
this decade, many voc-tech programs were eliminated. At that time,
declining enrollment was cited as one reason. Now, as secondary schools
and colleges trim their budgets, voc-tech programs should be preserved. Last week's "Welding Wire" newsletter featured an item from News/Talk 1110 KBND, Bend, Ore., about a high school metal and welding class that likely will be cut in next year's budget. The Oregon State champs in the Skills USA Competition came from this class. Read more and let us know what you think!
To mark Earth Day, 2009, Secretary Solis hosted with Nancy Sutley,
Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a discussion
on Women and Green Jobs. For the first time, leading women from labor,
business, academia, government and the non-profit sectors from around
the country shared how they are shaping our green economic strategy and
how we can work together to ensure that women have access to the green
economy. (DOL Photo/Shawn Moore)
During the Memorial Day break, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
will invite congressional representatives to tour union job-training
centers around the country to show them why they are the right choice
when it comes to creating a renewable energy work force. The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
- a partnership between the IBEW and union electrical contractors -
unveils its Green Jobs Curriculum next month, which collects more than
70 green training lessons the NJATC has been using into one single
curriculum. . Read More.
In February, Zeran, who graduated from his five-year apprenticeship
last July, joined 150 IBEW members from across Minnesota for a lobbying
day in St. Paul, where renewable energy was a main focus. “I participated because I realized—early on in my electrical
career—that just showing up at work every day is not enough,” says
Zeran, who needs one more installation to become certified as a solar
specialist by the North American Board of Certified Energy
Practitioners. The legislature's green jobs task force was
already considering more than 20 bills—including bond measures for
public projects on green energy—before Congress passed the $787 billion
stimulus package. The state has some of the strongest ...Read More
A large solar panel is mounted outside the training center.
Today, Labor Secretary Solis testifed before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Her testimony entitled “Empowering Workers to Rebuild America’s Economy and Longer-Term Competitiveness: Green Skills Training for Workers” was held on Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.
To compete and win in the global economy, Registered Apprenticeships are a key in growing a knowledgeable, skilled workforce. This video is made to increase awareness of jobs that require technical...check it out!
Mercury MerCruiser is our Registered Apprenticeship
Champion. They go the extra mile to promote RA for example- calls to
prospective customers, serve on the WIB board, attend Action Clinics just to
name a few.We’d like to recognize them
for being such a valuable partner over the past 10 years!
We’re interested in hearing about other great RA
partners. Who is your champion and what
are they doing to go the extra mile?
It’s located at 620 Leigon Way, near Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard,
at the joint training center of the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers Local 357 and the Joint Apprenticeship and Training
Committee of Southern Nevada. ... The demand for “ green” jobs could
also receive a boost from the federal economic recovery plan, which
provides $78.6 billion in clean energy, energy efficiency,
environmental and green transportation funding. ...Read more.
Calling all Registered Apprenticeship Programs in California! Are you connected or engaged in this effort? This initiative is focused on establishing a pipeline to green careers by recruiting disadvantaged workers into the city training programs that can train and connect unemployed and underemployed workers from under-served communities to construction apprenticeship. Read more
Team Hawaii came to the Action Clinic already understanding their biggest obstacle
was to get state-level leaders engaged in this dialogue. Here's the
good news- they didn't spend their time complaining, instead they
created an action plan to lead up! They could either wait for the green
light or take action. They chose the latter
and left with a plan to convene a grassroots coalition to
sell their vision and opportunity. It takes courage and conviction to
make change, kudos to my team!
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About Registered Apprenticeship
These are tough economic times but there's never been a more exciting time for Registered Apprenticeship,
the public workforce system, education and other partners to collaborate to get more Americans re-skilled and
ready to compete for good-paying jobs as our nation recovers and puts people back to work.