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We want to call the Registered Apprenticeship community’s attention to a new book just issued by the California Construction Academy at the UCLA Labor CenterBeyond Green Jobs: Building Lasting Opportunities in Energy Efficiency specifically discusses the role Registered Apprenticeship can play in advancing a “green” economy and how “green” opportunities can become pathways to long-term well paying careersCurrent Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) member Daniel Villao is the primary author of the book, which puts forth a foundation to bring energy efficiency to scale in a tough economy.  With a focus on why energy efficiency should connect to the Registered Apprenticeship system, the book highlights innovative programs across the country and makes the case for why going "deep green" can provide the greatest benefits to the economy, the environment, and the community.  

Current ACA chairperson Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins provides a Foreword for the book, in which she comments:

“What the California Construction Academy does in this book is outline a path by which energy efficiency work can dive deeper and expand more broadly.  Knowledge of the construction industry is critical if environmentalists and community members are to reap the bene?ts of energy efficiency.  By considering the larger context for energy efficiency work, the CCA brings a thoughtful, thorough look at how, by diving deeper into efficiency projects – going “deep green” – we can bring greater economic efficiency more rapidly.”

Additionally, ACA member Lonzo “Lonnie” Coleman, President of Coleman-Spohn Corporation remarks, “The authors clearly demonstrate the inclusive nature of the partnerships needed to develop the next generation of skilled workers for careers in the clean energy economy. This book will serve as the model for workforce development and job growth that others will follow as America rebuilds its infrastructure and retro?ts its residential and commercial buildings with energy efficient technologies.”

We encourage you to download the book and share it among your Registered Apprenticeship partners as a guide to the opportunities going “green” can offer our Apprentices for long-term, good paying careers and the impact “green” opportunities can have on our sponsors’ apprenticeship programs.

You can download the book for free by clicking this link.

The St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP) is preparing at-risk youth and other non-traditional populations for careers in Green construction and Weatherization through a pre-apprenticeship program which includes On-The Job experience.  We are highlighting their efforts in Week 8 of our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series. 

The St. Louis Carpenters, collaborating with the St. Louis Habitat for Humanity and other community-based organizations, offers YouthBuild participants, ex-offenders, and others at-risk, training that leads to national certifications to prepare them for Registered Apprenticeship programs that result in careers in the growing green construction sector.  Participants receive training in green building concepts and gain experience in building, renovating, and repairing in housing and commercial construction.

Participants also gain experience and hands-on training in five core areas as laid out by the National Association of Home Builders.  Students who complete the program are able to continue their training and the opportunity to obtain national certifications in the Home Builders Institute’s Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Program (HBI-PACT), EPA-RRP (Renovation, Repair and Paint), and Mold and Asbestos awareness.  

The St. Louis CJAP Green Construction Corps program was one of 71 programs recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator Registered Apprenticeship program during the U.S. Department of Labor’s August 1 National Education and Action Summit in Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.

Dr. John Gaal, St. Louis Carpenter District Council's (CDC) Director of Training & Workforce Development; Bruce Bird, Coordinator, Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training; and Larry Rebman, Director, Missouri Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations all joined Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Administrator of Apprenticeship John Ladd during the Trailblazer and Innovator ceremony.  During the ceremony, Secretary Solis presented these representatives with a Certificate of Recognition as a Trailblazer and Innovator program for the Green Construction Corps’ embodiment of the 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship vision.

Dr, Gaal had this to say about the program:

“Our Green Construction Corps preparatory program is giving at-risk individuals opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.  Entering a Registered Apprenticeship program offers people within targeted (often underserved) groups the chance for a life-long career at good pay.  This pre-apprenticeship opportunity prepares them to succeed, teaching the value of hard work while they learn the skills needed for success."

For more on the program, we encourage you to download the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program Fact Sheet.  We also recommend you visit to learn more about Registered Apprenticeship opportunities.

Hi, everyone. I'm cross-posting a message from our administrator, John Ladd, announcing the release of an important ETA TEN. Click this link to read and download the TEN.

ETA has issued the attached Training and Employment Notice (TEN), Encouraging Enhanced Partnerships and Collaboration between the Workforce Investment System and Registered Apprenticeship Programs.  The purpose of this TEN is to encourage workforce investment system leaders to develop and enhance partnerships and resource-leveraging efforts with Registered Apprenticeship programs in order to increase job seekers’ access to career pathways utilizing Registered Apprenticeship.  Although state and local workforce system budgets continue to be constrained and high growth employment opportunities are very scarce in this economy, partnering with Registered Apprenticeship is a proven way to improve placements for job seekers looking for a sustainable career, as well as to engage with employers in communities seeking to improve the skills of their workforce.  The TEN will also be on the Registered Apprenticeship Community of Practice.

The Office of Apprenticeship will do a series of webinars on various aspects of the TEN starting this summer and continuing throughout the fall to provide technical assistance to the system.

Please share this widely with WIBs, One-Stops and the state workforce system in your state, as well as staff and Registered Apprenticeship sponsors.   

Thank you,

John V. Ladd
Office of Apprenticeship
In Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act, the Office of Apprenticeship has identified "Trailblazer and Innovator" programs from throughout the Registered Apprenticeship system which embody the 21st Century Vision for Apprenticeship.  This resource provides One-Page overviews of each of these programs.

Full list of all of the Trailblazer and Innovator One Pagers included in the Zip file
  • Academy for Manufacturing Careers, Jackson Area
  • Manufacturers Association (MI)
  • Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (WA)
  • Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
  • American Apprenticeship Round Table (AART)
  • Apprenticeship 2000 (NC)
  • Apprenticeship Carolina (SC)
  • Arkansas Department of Career Education
  • Arkansas Department of Health, State Plumbing Licensing
  • Board and the Arkansas Department of Labor, Electrical Licensing Board
  • Arkansas Energy Sector Partnership
  • Associated General Contractors of New Mexico
  • Atrion Networking Corporation (RI)
  • Bayless Middle Apprenticeship (MO)
  • Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) (NY)
  • Building and Trades Training Directors Association of Massachusetts
  • Building Futures – Industry Partnership (RI)
  • Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum
  • Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)
  • Chicago Women in Trades (IL)
  • Colorado Statewide Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC)
  • Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program (ECAAP) (KS)
  • Eastern Iowa Community College Culinary Arts
  • El Dorado Molds, Inc. (CA)
  • Electrical Trades Center / International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 683 (OH)
  • Electrical Training Institute (ETI)
  • Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Fletcher Allen Healthcare / Vermont HITEC, Inc.
  • Go Build (AL)
  • Helmets to Hardhats – U.S. Military
  • Home Builders Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Certificate Training (PACT)
  • Hope Community Resources, Inc. (AK)
  • Hypertherm, Inc. (NH)
  • Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Idaho Power Co.
  • Independent Electrical Contractors – Dakotas, Inc.
  • Indiana Department of Correction
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • 21st Century Apprenticeship (ND)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Local #26 (DC)
  • Iowa Electrical Apprenticeship & Educational Trust
  • Ivy Tech Community College Apprenticeship Degree Program (IN)
  • Kansas Department of Commerce Health Support
  • Specialist Program
  • Laborers Training Program of Southern California
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
  • Lake County Electricians Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) (IN)
  • Lansing Board of Water and Light (MI)
  • Massachusetts Division of Apprenticeship Standards
  • Metropolitan Community College (MO)
  • Montana Passages Women’s Center – MT Dept of Corrections
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
  • New Century Careers (PA)
  • New Jersey Place
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprenticeship Program (VA)
  • Ohio Statewide Articulation Agreements
  • Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) Apprenticeship Program (WA)
  • Pipe Fitters’ Training Fund Local Union 597 (IL)
  • Prince George’s County Fire Department & Emergency Medical Services (MD)
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (WA)
  • Seafarers International Union - Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training & Education
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare
  • NW Training Partnership (WA)
  • Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union #1 / SMACNA Joint
  • Apprentice Training & Journeymen Retraining School (IL)
  • Shenandoah Valley Energy Partnership (VA)
  • Southland Healthcare Forum (IL)
  • St. Louis Carpenters CJAP & Habitat for Humanity Collaboration (MO)
  • Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • The Apprentice School – Newport News Shipbuilding
  • United Association
  • United Services Military Apprenticeship Program
  • United States Army /American Culinary Federation
  • West Virginia Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist
  • Western Oklahoma Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC)
  • Wisconsin State Apprenticeship System 
Please check out the new film that New York's Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) put together for this year's annual Equity Leadership Awards Luncheon:

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades, helping women achieve economic independence and a secure future.

Founded in 1978, NEW is a sector-based workforce development program that prepares women for careers in the construction, transportation, energy, and facilities maintenance industries.  NEW focuses on skilled, unionized jobs in the trades with starting wages averaging $15 per hour, benefits, and a path to higher-wage employment.  NEW primarily serves low-income minority women from all five boroughs in New York City.  These careers enable NEW graduates to provide a secure future for themselves and their families. 

The number of women construction workers in New York City has grown substantially as a result of a coordinated effort between NEW, labor unions, contractors, and government.  With a commitment by these partners to place women in 10 percent of all new apprenticeship slots, more than 600 NEW graduates have found work as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, ironworkers, operating engineers, and sheetmetal workers since 2005.  An additional 225 women have found careers in the energy, transportation, and facilities maintenance industries.  These women are changing their lives and the skyline of New York City.