Mike Shiffer from Alaska's Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Business Partnerships wanted to share that they just celebrated their annual apprenticeship conference. Also, he encourages those interested to see Alaska’s website www.earnandlearnak.org This website has several informational pieces in over twenty languages related to apprenticeship including to Alaska native languages. Really, it has over 20 languages including my native language- Vietnamese. Cam on (thank you)
News from across the pond... in the United Kingdom (UK), the government is making apprenticeship a focus of workforce development, particularly for training workers in the fast-growing healthcare field. The British have developed "job roles," or our work processes for scores of occupations. Please check out the May 2010 newsletter and website to see some of their common-sense innovations.
Apprenticeship in the State of Delaware.
I approached a good friend of mine, Kevin Calio, Apprenticeship & Training Manager for the State of Delaware’s registered apprenticeship system and information on their system to report on activities in Delaware. Kevin was kind enough to provide me with the following information.
There are 281 active apprenticeship program sponsors in the state with 1,053 active registered apprentices of which 104 are women. There have been 83 apprentices graduated from the programs so far this fiscal year and it is expected that there will be significant completion activity in the next three months. The active numbers of registered apprenticeship sponsors in Delaware is at its lowest in the last ten years because of the current economic climate.
The vast majority of Delaware’s registered apprentices are in the construction trades, which is not unlike most, if not all states in this country. In Delaware, there is a state subsidized vocational-technical (Vo-Tech) adult education system for related instruction, which the vast majority of apprentices use. Delaware has a relatively strict system and there is a mandatory drop from the program if an apprentice has greater than five school absences. There is a state-wide uniform curriculum utilizing *NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) materials.
When I asked Kevin about any linkages or activity with the Workforce Investment System, Kevin mentioned that there has not been any significant linkages made up to the present time. We discussed the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship’s interest in establishing those linkages and the Action Clinics that were held in the mid-west and western parts of the country and that there are tentative plans to hold Action Clinics on the east coast. As with many states, there is concern that the pressure is put on the apprenticeship side to link with the workforce side but it’s not necessarily true of the opposite. Again, it’s the same response from all over, but I found that the Action Clinics have made a difference and have started both sides talking about integration.
Delaware’s Apprenticeship office is actively visiting worksites to verify ratio and pay rates compliance. Kevin informed me that unlike many other states, the apprenticeship office is not located in the workforce side but in the industrial relations side and that he is considered to be in labor law enforcement.
Kevin can be contacted at:
Delaware Dept of Labor
Apprenticeship & Training Manager
225 Corporate Blvd
Newark, DE 19702
(302) 451-3419 Phone
(302) 368-6604 Fax
*NCCER is headquartered in Gainesville, Fla., and is affiliated with the University of Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Submitted by John Griffin