Florida has a new website to assist people seeking information about recovery-related jobs. Go to http://gulfrecoveryjobs.employflorida.com/portals/gulfrecoveryjobs/ to learn more.
On June 16, 2010, 20 companies and 35 of the nation’s brightest young persons demonstrated talent leadership far beyond the sports arenas.
It is overseen by a 16 person Chapter
Steering Committee and incorporates NIMS accredited training programs at the
The NIMS competency-based Guideline Standards require apprentices to demonstrate competencies through both performance and theory exams as they progress through their training.
The D.C. Apprenticeship Council was established by Public Law 387, 79th Congress on
In 2004, the District government passed new legislation as amendment to D.C. Law 2-156 that requires all prime contractors and subcontractors that perform work on any DC government assisted project to employ at least 35% District residents as apprentices on a trade-by-trade basis. Violators of the new legislation are subject to monetary fine of 5% direct and indirect total labor cost of the violator’s contract. During this fiscal year (October 1, 2009 to present), the DC Apprenticeship Office monitoring of District government assisted projects revealed that between 49% to 67% DC residents were employed as apprentices.
New Apprenticeship Programs
During Fiscal Year 2009, sixty-four (64) new apprenticeship programs were registered with the DC Office of Apprenticeship. Among the new programs approved was the District of Columbia Department of Public Works, which became the city’s first government agency to become an apprenticeship sponsor for the occupation of automotive specialist technician. Six (6) apprentices have selected for the program and are employed as government employees at the agency’s fleet division servicing government vehicles, including green vehicles. In addition to the apprentices learning their on-the-job training at the work site, the agency enrolled the apprentices at
The DC Apprenticeship Office has been successful assisting five (5) apprenticeship sponsors (3-unions and 2-non unions) to amend their apprenticeship standards to include the Step-Up apprenticeship initiative. Four (4) additional sponsors are reviewing this initiative for consideration. The Step-Up initiative is a tool that allows apprenticeship sponsors to register individuals as apprentices up to a twelve month period, who lack certain apprenticeship eligibility requirements. During the twelve month period, individuals registered as Step-Up apprentices can be employed in their chosen trade areas, including Davis-Bacon projects, which also taken steps to meet apprenticeship eligibility requirements such as, GED and/or required academic courses. Successful individuals are then transitioned to the sponsors’ regular apprenticeship programs. Currently, there are 20 Step-Up apprentices registered.
DC Apprenticeship Office also coordinated four (4) pre-apprenticeship training programs in partnership with union apprenticeship sponsors for eighty (80) DC residents to receive preparatory training in their chosen trade areas. The participating apprenticeship sponsors include: IBEW Local No. 26, Sheet Metal Workers Union Local No.100, Steamfitters Union JAC Local No.602 and Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Successful completers of the pre-apprenticeship are guarantee acceptance as registered apprentices with the participating sponsors, provided individuals meet all apprenticeship eligibility requirements.
Current Apprentices Registered:
Total Apprentices – 5,200
Minorities – 2,877
Females – 198
D.C. Residents – 1,001
The Director of the DC apprenticeship office is Lewis Brown
Submitted by John Griffin
Did you know that the Washington DC area has the highest rate of residents with a college degree in the nation? Yep, at 47%. Many of these college-educated are taking up the trades and choosing blue collar careers. The Washington Post featured an article about this trend and a couple of our apprentices from our Diaries Series- Adam Osielski and Rateeluck Puvapiromquan were interviewed.
"They started out studying aerospace engineering, creative writing and urban planning. But somewhere on the path to accumulating academic credentials, they decided that working with their hands sounded more pleasant -- and lucrative -- than a lot of white-collar work. So bye-bye to term papers and graduate theses, and hello to apprenticeships to become plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics and carpenters."
Know of any apprentices with a similar path? Share them with us!
Where Will You Be on June 24, 2010?
Hopefully, you are answering this question by saying Kansas City, MO. Why there? One word: SkillsUSA. If you have not taken the time to attend this event in the past, I highly encourage you to make plans to see our nation’s Champions at Work. So, how is this event related to RAPs? Simply put…both labor and management are remiss in our duties if we are not recruiting these talented secondary career and technical education students!
Make no mistake, these Champions have proven their skills and dedication to a number of trades and occupations with long-established ties to Registered Apprenticeship…this is our golden opportunity. Although the current economy may be weak, now is the time to prepare for the future. These Champions are our future!
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The BP Oil Spill drama continues. Now concerned parties of the Gulf Coast have heinous photos of crude oil-drenched brown pelicans and thick, smelly gobs of oil that are practically solid in mass to hold up and say, “Told you so.”
This is going to get so much worse before it gets better.
When I had time to sit down last week and really look at these photos, I was literally moved to tears, and I am not the type of person to be moved easily in this way. Crying is a very rare occurrence for me. I’ll be honest and admit that I am also the type of person who has never really been overly concerned with environmental matters. Sure, I’m concerned on a basic level. I try to recycle when possible. I cut the plastic rings that hold a six pack (of soda) together so that it won’t strangle a bird that is hovering around a landfill. I believe that this nation needs to develop more “green” efficiencies to limit long term negative effects on our natural resources. However, my environmental beliefs are similar to my Catholic ones: I know what they are, I believe in the reasons why I should live up to them, but more times than not, my beliefs are a little more relaxed than they should be. Well, needless to say, my outlook has changed considerably over the past month, and I’m certainly not the only one. This entire catastrophe is, in a warped way, an environmentalist’s dream/nightmare come true, in that perhaps FINALLY the people in this country will realize how imperative it is that we figure out new ways to develop new sources of energy in order to limit our use of the old ones. I, for one, have finally seen the light. I suppose it’s easier to see when you’re living in a state whose coast is turning into an oil cesspool, and as a result, its economic livelihood hovers on the brink of ruin and wildlife along the coast is dying from being covered in sludge.
Since registered apprenticeship is obviously near and dear to my heart, my thoughts keep drifting back to the eleven rig workers that lost their lives. In the midst of this disaster, they seem to have become a mere afterthought. I’ve been trying to find information on the web that would provide insight into the type of training BP requires of their rig workers, but so far, nothing specific has come up in my myriad of searches. I’m not giving up yet, though.
In addition, a podcast highlighting the toolkit is now available at http://www.workforce3one.org/view/2001008822010257680/info.
These grant application tools may prove very useful for Registered Apprenticeship Community of Practice members, their partners, and stakeholders. Take a look!