On October 27-28, Secretary Solis’ Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) will meet in the Great Hall of the U.S. Department of Labor to begin efforts to develop recommendations on issues critical to the advancement of Registered Apprenticeship as part of the Secretary’s vision of “Good Jobs for Everyone”. This will be the first meeting of the ACA since Secretary Solis announced its new members on September 20, 2010. Education and ETA Assistant Secretaries Brenda Dann-Messier and Jane Oates, Deputy Assistant Secretary Barbara DesMarteau, and newly appointed Chairperson Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green for All, will be among the speakers scheduled to address the committee.
The ACA will be asked to develop recommendations that assist the Department in developing strategies on key issues such as:
Be sure to check back in the coming days for more on the outcomes of this meeting.
Nevertheless registered apprenticeship is making progress in other sectors of the economy. Utilization of registered apprenticeship has significantly increased among
Idaho State Director Bill Kober has been working closely with state staff to develop an
Idaho was one of 34 states to receive grants from the $190 million earmarked in last year’s economic stimulus package to expand the nation’s labor pool with the skills needed by emerging industries like renewable and efficient energy. Idaho received $6 million of which $500,000 is designated for registered apprenticeship. Under the grant, the Idaho Department of Labor has joined with the state’s professional-technical educators, its colleges, the Idaho National Laboratory, the AFL-CIO and the Office of Apprenticeship to provide training for hundreds of veterans, dislocated workers, low-skilled adults and youths and other groups. This money represents a large investment in Idaho’s registered apprenticeship system and has the potential to significantly expand apprenticeship’s role in the energy field.
The Office of Apprenticeship in Idaho can be reached at:
State Director USDOL/ETA/OA
1150 North Curtis Rd.
Boise, Idaho 83706-1234
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Now that we've settled in after what I thought was a hugely successful Collaborate for Success: Partnering with Registered Apprenticeship Action Clinic in
Here's some photos of our Day 1 speakers:
Our last blog in Boston had Laura Ginsburg providing real-time highlights of our Day 2 morning panel. Following a series of scheduled team planning meetings, the Action clinics closed with two additional Action Panels and one last team planning session where our State teams finalized their ‘Action Steps’ to continue the development of integration strategies when they returned home to their respective states.
The first of the final panels was the Structure, Operations and Service Delivery session, moderated by my cubicle neighbor and fellow OA staff member Kenya Huckaby. The speakers for the panel included Linda Sorrell (Director of Policy and Planning for the Workforce Alliance of Southeast Kansas) and Jamie Krause (Assistant Director and Smart Grid Manager for the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at
The last panel of the week was the Partnership Development panel, which included Keynote speaker Andrew Cortes, Director of Building Futures and Gerry Ghazi, Founder and President of Vermont Healthcare and
Following these informative panels, the State teams were energized and focused on finalizing their integration strategy development plans. During the final team sessions, all of the State teams re-convened for a final ‘report out’ of the plans they developed throughout the week. Now that the clinic has ended, the real work begins! State teams have committed to advancing their plans and adding key stakeholders as they begin to implement strategies that will increase career opportunities for workers through collaborations that include their resources, knowledge and experience of representative of their State’s Registered Apprenticeship, Public Workforce, and Education systems. The energy around finding new and innovative approaches to serving
For more on the clinics and video of all of the plenary and panel sessions held throughout the week, be sure to visit the Action Clinics page on our Community of Practice.
Oh yeah, one more thing... Happy Anniversary to my beautiful wife!
Unitl next time...
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