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
On Wednesday, August 31, the U.S. Department of Labor will be participating in the 2011 National Equal Opportunity Training Symposium to be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel,
These partnerships are necessary to ensure good jobs, great training and the development of a highly skilled workforce for
We invite you to interact with us in this engaging ninety minute workshop, entitled, "Exploring New and Exciting Ways to Build Partnerships and pathways to Registered Apprenticeship", scheduled for Wednesday,
It is our hope that you will be able to inspire other partnerships and organizations to do some of the great work that you have done, particularly in encouraging young people entering the job market and in revealing to others what it takes to be successful in today’s high paying, high skills jobs market.
You are invited to join us in this free for all workshop with engaging and exciting discussions on the business community, the workforce agencies and the making of the skilled American workforce for the 21st Century.
Missouri is an Office of Apprenticeship USDOL registered state
Missouri Apprenticeship staff participates in the Missouri Energy Workforce Consortium hosted by Missouri Department of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development. Members are from Workforce Development, Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Technical & Community College Directors, and Energy Business leaders. To learn more go to the website at http://missourienergyworkforce.org/
On June 22 & 23, 2011, Kansas City Missouri hosted the 2011 SkillsUSA Competition. Missouri Apprenticeship staff participated as Judges in the Precision Machining Technology portion of the SkillsUSA Competition. The Precision Machining Technology Contest is one of 91 events of the competition. This year, there were an expected 5,600 contestants and over 1,500 judges at the week-long event. The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. This is a multi-million dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
The motto of SkillsUSA is “Preparing for Leadership in the World of Work”.
Neil T. Perry
Missouri State Director
US Dept of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship
1222 Spruce St. Room 9.102E
St. Louis, MO. 63103
FAX 314 539-3035
Submitted by: John Griffin
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