The California Employment Traning Panel (ETP) recently awarded a contract to the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California(CTCNC) to improve retention rates in the early stages of apprenticeship.
The CTCNC will target training for pre-apprentices in a program that will prepare individuals to enter the carpenter apprenticeship program. At present, 50% of apprentices drop out of the program during the first year, and another 50% leave in the second year. There are several reasons for the exodus of apprentices -- a drop in the hours of available work, problems with child care and transportation -- but there is also the issue of how ready apprentices are to enter the field when they begin the apprenticeship. How much do they know about the tools, equipment, working conditions, and other key factors involved with being employed in construction?
Leveraging Public and Private Funds
With the ETP funding, CTCNC plans to offer up to 192 hours of Commercial Skills training to 300 pre-apprentices. Commercial Skills training is designed to give the pre-apprentices grounding in use of basic hand tools, power tools, and material handling. Exposure to various aspects of the trade, including wood and metal framing, drywall application, basic blueprint reading, basic roof structure, and concrete formwork, is included in the curriculum.
In addition to the Commercial Skills training modules, an average of 108 hours of classroom/lab training will be provided.
CTCNC, a training fund jointly administered by the union and signatory employers, offers a stipend to pre-apprentices to help with basic support while participating in the pre-apprenticeship program. The ETP funding will cover the costs of providing Commercial Skills training to 300 participants. CTCNC is also working with local WIBs to match WIA-eligible particpants with supportive services.
Click here to find out more about the ETP.http://www.etp.ca.gov/faq.cfm
The Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative recently conducted a nationwide census project aimed at pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction trades. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the survey explored the number, geographic location, and scope of construction pre-apprenticeship programs. To build on this work, WSI has received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to interview a select group of leaders from some of the nation's most successful pre-apprenticeship programs. The results of these interviews will provide a more in-depth analysis of successful program models and promising practices in pre-apprenticeship programs. In conjunction with the results from the survey, the interview results ultimately will provide decision-makers and stakeholders with a picture of several different approaches to pre-apprenticeship programs and strategies across the U.S.
Just wanted to let everyone know of two recent additions to the Community of Practice Resources pages that may be of interest.
# 1 is in relation to the news release Thao Nelson shared with us on ODEP awarding cooperative agreements to promote the development of innovative models of providing inclusive registered apprenticeship training to youth and young adults with disabilities.
In support of that announcement, ETA has issued Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 10-09, “Toolkit and White Paper on Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities through Apprenticeship.”
# 2 is a link to an article Kenya Huckaby blogged about on September 16. That article has been added to our Resources Page under Education and Outreach Materials – Registered Apprenticeship Publications. Read it here: Registered Apprenticeship: Stepping Up to the President’s Challenge.