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Agape Senior has partnered with the South Carolina Technical College system and Apprenticeship Carolina to bring to fruition the first health-care related, registered apprenticeship program in the state of South Carolina.  21 students, from all over South Carolina, have completed the requisite 100 hours of instruction to earn the designation as a graduate of Apprenticeship South Carolina and Agape University. In addition to learning about various body systems and functions, the students were exposed to specialized training in dementia.  These students are now recognized by the US Department of Labor as having completed a registered apprenticeship program.  This certification assures that they have been well-trained by combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training.  " Having completed these courses on their own time, these students have demonstrated a willingess to go above and beyond and are now some of the most well trained employees Agape has.  We are proud of their accomplishments" stated G. Scott Middleton, CEO of Agape Senior. A "virtual" graduation for these students is being planned for January 27, 2011.  

Editor's Note:  Our guest blogger is Bonnie Graybill, the Deputy Division Chief, Labor Market Information Division from California. 

California’s Labor Market Information Division began studying the green economy in 2008.  Policy makers and lay customers alike wanted to know “what is a green job?”, “how many of them are in the state (and/or my local area)”, and “what kind of training is required?” In order to understand the emerging green economy, we began to read and analyze the many relevant research papers and articles, and to connect with green businesses, university researchers, community colleges and other training providers, LMI staff in other states, and other stakeholders.

We could see that the only way to answer stakeholders’ questions about California’s green jobs was to conduct a survey. When we began this endeavor, there were no special funds for green research—we redirected staff towards this priority activity—create a definition our stakeholders agree to; develop a survey; select a statistically derived sample of over 50,000 California businesses, representing all industries, geographic areas and size classes; mail the survey; and continue to follow up with recipients until we had a sufficient number of responses.  Then the data cleaning and analysis began!

We have finally posted our summary report on our Understanding the Green Economy web page, six months after our goal date of Earth Day 2010.  (We began “leaking” findings then, but the “beg, borrow and steal” approach to staffing this project became a barrier to finalizing the report. Lesson learned…)

In summary, we found about 433,000 green jobs in California, representing about 3.4 percent of California’s employment.  Just under eight percent of California businesses employ workers in green jobs. Almost two-thirds of California businesses have adopted sustainable business practices, creating a demand for more green businesses. Take a look at our report for more findings!

As I prepare to retire from State service at the end of December, I am proud of the work our staff has done to rise to a new challenge, and to demonstrate that LMI staff can be relevant and responsive to a demand for new and emerging information.  Even more, I am proud of California for being a pioneer state in combating climate change, and envision a better future for our children and grandchildren.  Best wishes, Bonnie Graybill 

Indiana Apprenticeship Information

 

Indiana, known in the logistics community as the “Crossroads of America”, is home to a robust, dedicated and dynamic Apprenticeship Community, one that has flourished here since the 1940’s.  Long the ticket to a middle class lifestyle, thousands of  Hoosiers have, over the years, found workplace success by acquiring a skilled trade such as Tool and Die Maker, Machine Repair, Maintenance Mechanic, Machinist, Mold Maker, Electrician, Carpenter, Plumber, Millwright, Pipefitter, Telecommunications Technician, Line Maintainer, Welder, Sheet Metal Worker, Bricklayer, Instrumentation Mechanic, Machine Builder, Structural Steel Worker, Cement Mason, Painter, Roofer, Insulator, Elevator Constructor, Heavy Equipment Operator or Construction Craft Laborer.  These Indiana workers have, for decades, built solid, successful, sustainable careers upon a firm Apprenticeship foundation by turning their knowledge and skill into marketable goods and services. 

 

An OA State, Indiana is home to 902 Active Apprenticeship Programs and 12,829 Active Apprentices. The OA state office is located in Indianapolis and is under the direction of State Director, John Delgado.  Vigorously supporting the concept and outcomes of Registered Apprenticeship, both Indiana’s Military and Prison Systems sponsor numerous Apprentices in a broad range of occupations, and consequently account for as much as 30% of Indiana’s currently Registered Apprentice total and up to 20% of her Program Sponsors. 

 

The private industry sectors of Construction, Advanced Manufacturing and Energy, historically and currently train the highest number of Registered Apprentices in Indiana.  This Registered Apprenticeship Community is characterized by multiple effective partnerships involving varying combinations of Individual Employers, Employer Associations, Post-Secondary Institutions, Classroom Instructors, Apprenticeship Coordinators/Directors, Joint Apprenticeship Committees, Labor Representatives, the Public Workforce System and Government entities.  Throughout Indiana a strong partnership exists between Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors and the Post-Secondary Education Community.  Both Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University , as well as other Community Colleges in adjacent states, have been instrumental in bridging the gap between Apprenticeship and College by facilitating structures  which encourage most apprentices in Indiana to earn Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, or Technical Certifications which can broaden their future employment opportunities and make the state more attractive to employers seeking a skilled and educated workforce.  The following are two recent examples of innovation in Indiana’s Apprenticeship Community:

 

?         Collaboration between five local Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATCs) in Indianapolis, Hammond/Merrillville, Michigan City, South Bend, and Lafayette, IN, Higher Education (Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University), and Indiana’s Energy Systems Network (ESN) has resulted the winning of a major grant to fund the Crossroads Smart Grid Training Program initiative.  The goal of this initiative is to facilitate the required hands-on training which will allow smart grid technology to become a reality not only in residential construction but also in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Training areas will include LED Lighting, Wind Energy, Smart Building Automation, Smart Industrial Automation.  Hundreds of Apprentices and Journeyworkers will be cross-trained on state-of-the-art equipment in all smart grid focus areas and demonstrate their competence by earning the industry-recognized Energy Power Research Institute (EPRI) Certification. These trained professionals will be critical to the success of Smart Grid initiatives and play a vital role as we seek to achieve energy independence.

 

?         Lake County Electricians (Hammond/Merrillville, IN) J.A.T.C. received a Department of  Energy grant to install a 24.5 kilowatt, 96 panel solar array on its new Apprenticeship and Training Center located in Merrillville, Indiana.  Unique to this grant was the fact that the unit supplied 100% of the energy requirements utilized in construction of the new facility and is expected to greatly reduce energy expenditures now that the facility is operational and the permanent power grid tie-in has occurred.  As part of the matching , Lake County Electricians JATC was able to train 70 Apprentices and over 20 Journeyworkers in Photovoltaics. Those participating received a net total of 2160 hours of photovoltaic training, including hands-on experience with off-loading, testing, storage, shipping, installation and power grid tie-in of the units. The panels installed were Sharp panels, manufactured in Tennessee and utilize Fronius* inverters from California.

 * http://www.fronius.com will monitor real-time savings realized from this clean, green energy investment

 

Indiana’s Registered Apprenticeship Programs constitute the quintessential “Just-In-Time” training system and, when properly utilized, they consistently prove to be the most productive, expedient, and cost-effective of all training regimens…..just the ticket in this era of lean growth and belt-tightening.

 

Indiana staff continues to expand and formalize the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) apprenticeship program.  With over 75 programs and growing, initially programs were set up for offenders working within the prison industries (PEN Products) programs.  This was then expanded into education, food service (Aramark), physical plants and facility programs.  The main focus of this effort was to provide the offenders with the opportunity to learn and have documented skills that will enable them to find a job and even a better paying job upon their release.  Working with IDOC reentry staff, there have been numerous reentry success stores where offenders are using their Certificate of Completions to get jobs and better paying jobs throughout the state which greatly reduces the possibility that the offender will return to the IDOC.  The IDOC also instituted a 6-month time cut for those offenders who complete a apprenticeship program, so this greatly helped the interest in apprenticeship from the offenders.  Although mainly established for offenders, Indiana staff have also been instrumental in the establishment of the IDOC staff apprenticeship program. This effort initially focused on the Correction Officer occupation which would allow eligible veterans with GI Bill benefits to have the option of using their benefits while training as a Correction Office.  Since that time, several other occupations have been added to the staff program.  Future plans calls for continued expansion of programs, standardization of work processes and transferability of hours between correctional facility programs.

 

Indiana does have the Indiana Military Apprenticeship Program (INMAP) and although not as active as it once was, we continue to work around numerous deployments to work with numerous military programs.  Both Air Guard bases are registered along with several Army National Guard programs.

 

With Indiana State Approving Agency (SAA) staff now working at the Indiana Office of Apprenticeship, we work very closely with the SAA in coordinating and assisting those veterans who are eligible for using their GI Bill education benefits in registered apprenticeship programs.  This includes sharing information on registered programs, outreach and the establishment of new programs.  We also provide contact information to our registered programs as to how to contact and have their programs approved by the SAA. 

Submitted to John Griffin by

John Delgado

Office of Apprenticeship

delgado.john@dol.gov

 

Editor's Note:  This update has been submitted by John Griffin, our guest blogger, who continues to share our community with exciting examples of how states are working hard to advance apprenticeship!

Although reeling from its worst unemployment rate in a generation, Illinois’s Registered Apprenticeship programs are working behind the scenes to prepare skilled workers for the future.

Illinois currently has 555 registered apprenticeship programs with approximately 15,080 apprentices.  A large percent of the programs are registered with individual companies that may employ one or two employees, or with corporations that employ thousands.  The others are affiliated with associations and/or labor organizations. Illinois is very proud of the range of occupations represented and of the high tech training centers located throughout the state.  One of the largest facilities is 342,000 sq. ft., has multiple high tech labs/ classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment.  Some of these high growth and emerging industries represent, from greatest to smallest, construction, advanced manufacturing, automotive, homeland security, energy, financial services and government/municipalities. 

And let’s not forget about the programs that have articulation agreements or direct affiliations with a college, which allows the apprentices to continue their education and receive an associate’s degree. 

Illinois is currently seeing a massive expansion in wind energy development.  The state saw its first wind farm construction in 2003 and now seven years later has proposed projects that could increase the number of wind turbines erected from 705 to more than 2,772 in the next five years according to data from Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy.   The Registered Apprenticeship community acted on this growth and submitted a proposal for the new apprenticeable occupation Wind Turbine Technician.  Within months the Operating Engineers Local #150 Joint Apprenticeship Fund registered the first Wind Turbine Technician program in the United States.  This quality training program will train apprentices to perform maintenance, operations and inspections on wind turbines and related facilities. 

The state has proven to have more than just a windy city to support energy jobs, but a windy prairie.  With that windy prairie sprouted another “Green” Registered Apprenticeship Program.  Pizzo Ecological Restoration registered a Landscape Technician program to support their mission to restore, create and convert high maintenance low function, chemically intensive landscapes to low maintenance, highly functional natural areas.  The Registered Apprenticeship System is supporting the beauty and wonder of our shared natural habitat.

Looking at solar energy, Illinois Registered Apprenticeship continues to encourage renewable energy by supporting the State of Illinois Energy Sector Partnerships and Training Grant.  The Northern Illinois Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program in partnership with the Boone and Winnebago Counties Illinois Workforce Investment Board supported the initiative to train approved individuals in solar energy and to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification exam.  This will provide opportunities for the out of work participants to build skills, receive credentials and provide career pathways that could lead to opportunities with  Wanxiang America Company, the new solar-panel manufacturer located in Rockford, Illinois.

Did you know that the Registered Apprenticeship programs in Illinois can be used for collecting Federal Education Benefits (GI BILL).  That’s right; our agency works hand-in-hand with the Illinois State Approving Agency to support approval and assistance to those veterans using their GI Bill benefits.  Currently, approximately 7% of the state’s Registered Apprentices receive these benefits and we anticipate this number growing with the recent partnership of TechWorks, Rock Valley College and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.  In addition to this exciting partnership, the State of Illinois provides their employers tax credit of up to $1,200 annually for hiring Veterans of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom.  (Illinois State Approving Agency 312/814-7258 or their website at www.veterans.illinois.gov

Illinois is home to eleven YouthBuild and three Job Corp training programs.  Both of these federally funded programs assist youth and young adults to strive for education and training in vocational trades/occupations.  The programs provide the opportunity for trainees to earn a high school degree or GED, which contributes to their career pathway and opens up opportunities to apply for the Registered Apprenticeship programs.  (Job Corp – 1/800-733-JOBS / www.jobcorp.gov or YouthBuild – 1/617-623-9900 / www.youthbuild.org)
 
Building equal opportunity in Illinois  for women and minorities includes the recognitions of The Chicago Women in Trades, an organization that works to increase the number of women in the skilled trades and other blue collar occupations and to eliminate the barriers that prohibit women from entering and remaining in non-traditional careers, Chicagoland Construction Labor & Management Professions (CISCO) – Education to Careers program, Illinois Department of Transportation – Highway Construction Careers Training Programs,  Tri-County Construction Labor Management Council Career Programs and Events in addition to numerous non-traditional career programs with community colleges, i.e., College of Dupage Non-Traditional Careers for Women, Rock Valley College – Non-Traditional Career Expo, Moraine Valley – Non-Traditional Mentoring program.

Illinois continues to recognize Registered Apprenticeship in the Federal and State Prisons.   Some of the skilled occupations recognized are Animal Trainer, Automotive Mechanic, Baker, Cook, Heating and Air Conditioning Installer-Service, Maintenance (Building/Electrician/Mechanic), Tailor, Waste/Water Treatment Operators and Welder.  The Offender Re-Entry program supports integration with Registered Apprenticeship and the public workforce investment system.  These efforts include career awareness events and sharing Illinois’s Re-Entry Resources, which include the Federal Bonding Program, Tax Credits, Criminal Record Repository and Placement Resource Units.

For those interested to learn more about Registered Apprenticeship in Illinois -

Office of Apprenticeship State Director – David R. Wyatt 312/596-5508
Apprenticeship Information Center – Maria Caldron 312/793-6822
 
http://illinois-apprenticeship-information.illinois.aidpage.com/
http://www.booneandwinnebagowib.org/job_apprenticeship.cfm
Remember Adam Osielski?  We featured him a couple of years ago on the CoP.   He's a 5th-year apprentice with a mid-sized electrical contractor in downtown DC.  Check out his latest blog about how his sense of responsibility has changed now that he's officially a journeyman.
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