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Think Apprenticeship Spotlight on Dianna Clements from Think Apprenticeship on Vimeo.

30 Second spot for Think Apprenticeship campaign highlighting Dianna Clements a graduate of the Registered Apprenticeship Program and the first graduate in the nation in the Surgical Technologist Program.
Richmond BUILD Pre-apprenticeship Construction Skills & Green Jobs Training Academy was first developed to create employment and career opportunities for Richmond, CA residents and also to implement a strategy for reducing violence in their community. Richmond BUILD was established in April 2007 and has quickly become a model of effective and broad public/private partnership that is focused on developing talent and skills in the high wage construction and renewable energy fields.
This marketing video shows how a collaborative can build a training program that is changing lives.  Let us know what you think and do you have a program that you'd like to share?

Kathryn Castelloes- is currently the Bureau Chief for the North Carolina Department of Labor Apprenticeship and Training Bureau. The Bureau promotes and monitors a range of apprentice programs. Check out this presentation on "What is Apprenticeship?"

  File:Flag of Arizona.svgArizona


As the next state in my review of apprenticeship in the states across America, Arizona has provided the following information.


Currently Arizona has 13 federally registered apprenticeship programs and 99 programs registered with the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) for a total of 112 programs.


There are 321 apprentices in the federal programs and 3467 apprentices in the SAA programs for a total of 3788 registered apprentices.


The Federal programs are comprised of Federal prisons and Tribal Nations throughout the state.  The programs registered with the SAA represent; health care, construction, manufacturing, energy, mining, automotive, and state and local governments.


Although Arizona has experienced a down turn in apprenticeship activity there has been a strong interest to establish and register new apprenticeship programs in the heavy construction and renewable energy industries.


The SAA Director Paula Burnam and her staff (Rafael Tapia, Sherry Lee, Peggy Rodriguez and Freddie Campbell) have a solid working relationship with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.  Acting State Director Colleen Henry and Doug Howell the Nevada Technical assist with activities in Arizona.  This partnership has been a key factor to the success of marketing, serving and developing new apprenticeship programs throughout Arizona.


Arizona held an Action Clinic on June 17, 2009 that was attended by approximately 100 people representing local workforce investment areas, Workforce Investment Act partners, registered apprenticeship programs, and local businesses.  The Action Clinic Team continues to meet.  Gateway Community College has developed a brochure that can be utilized by staff at the One-Stop Career Centers in Maricopa County and is making it available to any community college that would like to “localize” it to their area.  They will be scheduling training sessions in local workforce investment areas in 2010. 


Meetings have been held with the City of Phoenix Workforce Connection to develop a process for funding the related technical education for apprentices, especially in light of these tough economic times and high unemployment rate in Arizona.  One of the goals is to help keep first year apprentices in school even though they may be experiencing job loss or layoff.


The City of Phoenix Workforce Connection (WIA) has also requested that the apprenticeship office participate in discussions with the aerospace and defense industry about their workforce needs, including registered apprenticeship.  In 2007, Parker Hannifin, one of the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets, registered a program to train their machinists.



Colleen Henry
Acting State Director USDOL/
230 N. 1st Avenue
Suite 510 Phoenix,
Arizona 85025 602/514-7007


Paula Burnam, Director, Apprenticeship Services
Arizona Department of Commerce
1700 West Washington, Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Fax: 602/771/1205


Respectfully Submitted by


Paula Burnam, SAA Director


Colleen Henry, OA State Director


A company can not grow and prosper if the skills of their employees never do.


John Griffin

928 Brown Road

Esperance, NY 12066

Phone 518-875-6692






Check out this Canadian marketing campaign "Meet a Tradeswoman" aimed at getting more women into the field.  It features five women who have trained for a trades career through the ITA Women in Trades Training initiative. This video features Keri, 39, who put everything on hold to take care of her three kids, but when she was ready to go back to work, she decided to pursue her passion and build a career in the trades.

It's good stuff, take a look and let me know what you think...
I was watching the news over my lunch break and heard President Obama mention "apprenticeship" during his speech.  He visited Home Depot today and shared his thoughts on Energy Efficiency and Job Creation.  Here's an excerpt-

"...And the workers, we have somebody who just got trained and is already on the job crawling through attics and putting all this stuff together.  Over the course of six months or a year, somebody can get trained effectively.  And LIUNA is doing terrific work with this -- its apprenticeship program.  And what this means is that people who are unemployed right now, they can get a marketable skill that they can take anywhere."

The message is clear-  apprenticeship can be one strategy to getting workers trained to the new green economy.  What jobs or apprenticeship programs are being created in your area to help the Greening of America?  What say you?
The Washington DC Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has a blog series featuring five of their apprentices.  These students, all in different stages of the program, share their thoughts and feelings about life as an apprentice.  Check out  what they are saying about their experiences in the JATC apprenticeship program.

Meet Rateeluck Puvapiromquan, also simply known as Tarn. She's a 4th year apprentice with the NJATC, Local 26. Follow her journey to Journeyman status on this blog.
Here is an excerpt from Tarn's latest blog about being a woman in the electrical trades-

"...when we're dealing with the fact that I am a woman (a minority in the male-dominated field of construction), my co-workers are often hesitant in the first few days/weeks of working with me. And I too am somewhat hesitant..." 

Training Tomorrow’s Workforce
Community College and Apprenticeship as Collaborative
Routes to Rewarding Careers

This important new study from the Center for American Progress examines current collaborations between community colleges and registered apprenticeship programs.  It also recommends ways to expand these collaboraitons by increasing employer demand for apprenticeships.  Some of the suggestions:

  • Expanding the marketing budget for apprenticeship and providing incremental subsidies for employers who expand their apprenticeship programs.
  • Offering tax credits to employers who add apprentices to their workforce.
  • Developing new standards to reward experience gained on the job with college credits.
  • Using WIA discretionary funds at the state level to coordinate apprenticeship-community college partnerships.

The 41-page study is available by clicking on this link, and will be added to the RESOURCE section of this Community of Practice.

What sorts of community college-registered apprenticeship collaborations are successful in your local areas or states?  How might we be able to showcase them as best practices?






2009: The Great Recession

Where Will You Be 10 Years From Now?


Few of us can disagree with the fact that the current, ongoing economic mess has turned the way work will be performed in the future on its head. To this end, workers—one, five, or 10 years from now—will not be able to simply rely on what they know and can do but rather whether or not they continue learning and are able to apply that newly-gained knowledge as means of survival. If history can be utilized as one predictor of the future, then we as a nation should not ignore the track record of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) as a proven method of supporting our workforce’s efforts to re-tool and up-skill. Accordingly, many of the joint labor-management (RA) programs I am familiar with have been focusing much of their attention on advancing and improving the technical and academic skills of their journey-workers over the past several years…long before the Great Recession hit! In addition, foreseeing that the new (workforce) world order would require a mix of skill sets, most of these same programs mentioned above implemented and offered college articulation agreements to their current apprentices to further instill and engrain the importance of lifelong learning. With today’s unending advances in technology, we must not sit idly by and wait for this malaise to pass in hopes that things will get better. As leaders, we are often faced with tough choices…this Administration needs to give more than lip service to RA as a vital economic recovery tool by promoting RA as an equal to other post-secondary options it often cites and funds! If so, in 10 years, maybe you will be one of those workers who can attest to the long-lasting, positive impact the ARRA had on your life not unlike those who came before us from the WPA and CCC during the Great Depression. 


Apprenticeship in the pipe trades is a highly selective program, and acceptance for training depends on the applicant's qualifications and the manpower needs of the trade at the time of the selection process. Local 486 Apprenticeship School created a video to showcase the school's training model and expectations.