The Council of University Transportation Centers, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and other organizations, will hold a National Transportation Workforce Summit in
The National Transportation Workforce Summit has issued a call for abstracts from educators, researchers, practitioners, and organizations on any discipline related to the transportation workforce. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to prepare a full paper or video, which will be published as part of the Summit Proceedings, and may be invited to make a presentation. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is October 17, 2011. Enter Your Submission Today!
Apprenticeship in Minnesota
Nearly 70 years ago, the Minnesota Division of Voluntary Apprenticeship had its first function to recognize the completion of formalized apprenticeship requirements. Homer J. Smith, then a professor of industrial education at the
“This meeting will, in fact, be ‘making
The DLI Apprenticeship unit regularly works with DEED to coordinate visits to WorkForce Centers throughout the state, promoting and disseminating information about apprenticeship programs and employment. Recent collaboration with the online job service program ISEEK has resulted in easily accessible and practical information about how to become an apprentice, with viable links to training coordinators.
New career opportunities, such as health care support specialist, low-voltage line installer and others, are being registered as newly apprenticeable occupations. Leveraging the opportunity for competency- and hybrid-based apprenticeships is also off to a great start in
Just a few years ago,
Even during tough economic times, apprenticeship has weathered well, proving its value and endurance. With the advent of exciting new regulations allowing for competency- and hybrid-based apprenticeship programs, the ultimate in unique, tactile-kinesthetic learning, education and knowledge acquisition is available for today’s and tomorrow’s workers.
Director Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4303
Submitted by John Griffin
The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP), launched in 2002, is a national initiative that works to improve the ability of low-income workers to increase their wages. This project partners with state non-profit organizations and supports their policy efforts to better prepare
WPFP recently issued a Summer 2011 policy brief, which states that Registered Apprenticeship is, “ripe for a rebirth as the nation’s premier pathway to higher education and sustainable careers across a wide range of industries, work settings, and geographic regions.”
The brief, “Improving Access to Apprenticeship: Strengthening State Policies and Practices,” written by David Altstadt, makes the case for increased utilization of Registered Apprenticeship; identifies some of the barriers to expansion; and offers some potential solutions and strategies to mitigate these barriers and promote increased employer usage of, and public-funding support for, the Registered Apprenticeship model. From increased outreach to employers by us here in the federal Office of Apprenticeship, to better ties to the Education and Workforce systems and increased access for low-skilled, disadvantaged populations, this brief touches on several strategies that all of us here in the Registered Apprenticeship system have been focusing on to expand the “earn and learn’ model to help prepare America’s current and future workers.
Specific areas of interest include:
The brief goes on to discuss how these goals can be met and provides recommendations on how States, and the National Registered Apprenticeship system can expand the use of the apprenticeship model to help train our workforce. It’s a great read and presents some thought provoking recommendations on how Registered Apprenticeship in the 21st Century can increase skill attainment in all industries and keep
Click the Link below to read the full policy brief.
David Altstadt is the Principal of David Altstadt Consulting, LLC, a private consulting firm that delivers in research, communications, and project management services for education and skills development initiatives
John V. Ladd
Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship