The Urban Institute released a Brief with information on what in their words, “we as a country can do about unemployment.” The brief, "What to Do about the New Unemployment", is part of the institute's Unemployment and Recovery Project and discusses ways to jumpstart the job market, and details how younger and older workers are faring in and after the recession. Within it, Registered Apprenticeship is highlighted as a “way of integrating education and training that’s linked directly to careers.”
Specifically, Urban Institute fellow Robert Lerman proposes the establishment of a $5,000 tax credit to "businesses that add apprenticeships." Lerman also proposed expanding the Office of Apprenticeship based on evidence that shows "...gains from apprenticeship far exceed even the gains for technical training in community colleges."
Read the ful PDF version by clicking the report above, or go to the Urban Institute for the full report in HTML or PDF.
Registered Pre-Apprenticeship in
The Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Training has been a SAC state since 1945. We have registered over 50,000 apprentices since then and currently have a little over 5000 active apprentices registered in 2011. There are Responsible Employer Ordinances (REO’s) in
Just like other states our division finalized our regulations and submitted them to the OA for approval this past year. One of the additional items that we submitted for approval was registered pre-apprentice language to address the outreach requirements of REO’s. The purpose of the regulation is to establish registered pre-apprentice programs that are better aligned with registered programs and to provide better outreach opportunities for the public and program compliance. As we know anyone can open up shop as a pre-apprenticeship program without having a connection to a registered apprentice program. There can be an expectation by the pre-apprentice participants that they will become apprentices after graduation however in order to become apprentices they will need access to jobs which registered apprentice programs can provide. The lack of coordination between the programs has resulted in pre-apprentice graduates not being properly prepared to enter an apprentice program. Because of this disconnect it was determined that there needed to be a registered pre-apprentice program component.
7.05: Registration for Pre-Apprentices and Pre-Apprentice Programs
(1) All registered pre-apprentice programs must comply with the following standards:
(a) The pre-apprentice program must have an organized, written plan embodying the terms and conditions of training and supervision of one or more pre-apprentices in an apprenticeable occupation, and a written agreement with a registered apprentice sponsor. The agreement with the registered apprentice training sponsor must provide that graduating pre-apprentices will be provided with a predetermined form of articulated credit if they are accepted into the registered apprentice program through the program intake procedures.
(b) The pre-apprentice program standards must contain provisions that address:
(1) The related classroom training of the pre-apprentice in a skilled occupation.
(2) The determination of the appropriate curriculum for the program standards is made by the program sponsor, subject to approval by the Division of the determination as appropriate to the apprenticeable occupation for which the program standards are registered.
(3) Provision for organized, related instruction in technical subjects related to the occupation. Approximately 150 hours for each year of pre-apprenticeship is recommended. This instruction in technical subjects may be accomplished through media such as classroom, occupational or industry courses, electronic media, or other instruction approved by the Director.
(4) Periodic review and evaluation of the pre-apprentice's performance in related instruction; and the maintenance of appropriate progress records.
(5) Adequate and safe equipment and facilities for training and supervision, and safety training for pre-apprentices and in related instruction.
(6) The placement of a pre-apprentice under a written Pre-Apprenticeship Agreement as prescribed by the Division.
(7) Assurance of qualified training personnel and adequate supervision.
(8) Recognition for successful completion of pre-apprenticeship evidenced by an appropriate certificate issued by the pre-apprentice program sponsor.
(9) Contact information (name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address if appropriate) for the appropriate individual with authority under the program to receive, process and make disposition of complaints.
(10) The conditions under which the apprentice program may discontinue its relationship with the pre-apprentice program.
(2) The pre-apprentice sponsor shall provide a listing of the pre-apprentice program graduates for each class to the Division which shall include, for each of the graduates, the Name, Address, Date of Birth, Beginning and End Dates of Training, and, on a voluntary basis, Social Security Number.
(3) The Division will assign a unique ID number and enter each pre-apprentice into the Division’s Apprentice Tracking Database in order to track future migration into a registered apprentice program.
(4) At any time during the period of the pre-apprentice program registration, the Deputy Director may cancel the pre-apprentice program where he or she deems appropriate.
How to get started as a registered pre-apprentice program
As an example, the registered pre-apprentice model is being utilized by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). They will be using it to introduce residents of the BHA onto multiple projects they are managing. Their partners are the Boston Building Trades Unions and their apprentice programs. They will partner to run an eight week registered pre-apprentice program which will be part of an overall nine month evaluation and support program.
Submitted to John Griffin
Submitted to John Griffin
David Wallace, Deputy Director
Department of Labor Standards / Division of Apprentice Training
Phone 617-626-5407 Fax 617-626-5427