The Collaboration for Success Clinic held in April 2010 was the start of
a journey back from registered apprenticeship’s decade long isolation from
Florida’s publicly funded workforce system and other potential partners.
Below is an excerpt from the report:
"Both workforce and education in Florida speak different languages. However, for the sake of the employer, workers and the economic and social success of the state both need to understand each other and work to form a true collaborative partnership. That is what the Collaboration for Success Clinic and this report is all about. This is a beginning for Florida.
The learning and understanding between Workforce Florida and Registered Apprenticeship was profound. Each group as well as other stakeholders began to understand the challenges and opportunities that a partnership could bring to each other’s future success. The three most important challenges are organizational, funding and leadership." Click here to read more about Florida's Action Clinic and their plans to collaborate for success.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a Regional Clusters Initiative that focuses on accelerating small business growth and job creation through clusters that leverage and align a region’s economic, business and workforce assets. Regional clusters are networks of organizations and businesses in a geographic area that grow through increased collaboration, efficiency and innovation.
SBA has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for entities that lead existing regional clusters. SBA intends to provide resources to 10-15 regional clusters nationwide to provide business training, counseling, mentoring, commercialization and technology transfer services, and other services that support the growth and development of small businesses. The due date for proposals is August 13, 2010.
SBA is requiring that proposals describe efforts to build and nurture public-private partnerships aimed at growing the cluster. Key partners include, among others, workforce investment boards, community organizations, Registered Apprenticeship programs, institutions of higher education (including community colleges), and non-profit organizations. Proposals must also identify the unique assets and competitive advantages in the region, including the educational and training programs designed to develop a skilled workforce for the cluster.
Although additional workforce development resources are not available through this RFP, SBA’s Regional Cluster Initiative will create opportunities for workers to find and retain good jobs in the selected regional clusters. Therefore, the Employment and Training Administration encourages workforce investment boards and other workforce development organizations to partner with entities that will be submitting proposals for the Regional Cluster Initiative.
More information on SBA’s Regional Cluster Initiative is available at http://www.sba.gov/clusters/.
On January 12 and 13, 2010, the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) held two listening sessions on three areas of focus facing Registered Apprenticeship over the next year. The listening sessions, held for National Labor Leaders on January 12, 2010, and for Employers and Industry Associations on January 13, 2010, focused on Green Jobs, Healthcare, and Other High Growth Industries; Pre-Apprenticeship; and Partnerships with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Education system. In addition, on June 11, 2010, OA held one additional public webinar which specifically focused on Pre-apprenticeship. As a follow up, OA has issued a report to highlight the comments, observations and major themes that surfaced during the sessions, which will be used to help guide its strategies around these key areas. The report is now available to be viewed and downloaded here on the Community of Practice.