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The Office of Apprenticeship has released two new briefing papers on Registered Apprenticeship and healthcare that make the case for using the model in this growing industry.  Registered Apprenticeship helps address some of the critical issues in healthcare including recruitment and retention, cost-effective training, wage increases and improved patient care. Both papers describe some of the successful models that exist as well as discuss opportunities and challenges. 


Using Registered Apprenticeship to Build and Fill Healthcare Career Paths, discusses how Registered Apprenticeship can be a critical part of building the healthcare workforce by increasing skill levels without huge cost increases.  The model offers the structure and rigor that helps professionalize entry-level healthcare occupations and prepares individuals for the challenge of higher level health careers.  Apprenticeship is already used extensively in healthcare without being called “apprenticeship.”  Nurses do clinical rotations and doctors serve residencies before they complete their degrees and nearly all healthcare occupations require a demonstration of competency before a certificate or credential is awarded. 



Using Registered Apprenticeship to Build and Fill Career Paths in Health Information Technology focuses on the earn and learn aspects of the model, showing that workers’ skill levels increase simultaneously while they study their profession, so they become more productive at a faster rate than if they were only taking classes.  The traditional health information technology model focuses only on classroom education. 


On Tuesday, Feb. 16, President Obama visited and toured the NECA / IBEW Local 26 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee facility, located in Lanham MD., and spoke about the importance of skilled labor in helping the U.S. transition to cleaner energy sources.  Joined by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the President remarked how sites like the one in Lanham highlight the potential of the clean energy sector in helping the U.S. become less dependent on foreign oil.  The JATC facility is a joint-run effort of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), training electrical and telecommunication workers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

“This is an extraordinarily impressive facility, where workers are instructed on everything from the installation of sophisticated energy hardware and software to the basics of current and resistance.  We need to look no further than the workers and apprentices who are standing behind me to see the future that's possible when it comes to clean energy,” said Obama.  “It's a future in which skilled laborers are helping us lead in burgeoning industries.  It's a future in which renewable electricity is fueling plug-in hybrid cars and energy-efficient homes and businesses.  It's a future in which we're exporting homegrown energy technology instead of importing foreign oil.  And it's a future in which our economy is powered not by what we borrow and spend but what we invent and what we build.”

The President also talked about the large federal investment his administration had made in clean energy, one that he said is expected to create over 700,000 jobs nationally.  Registered Apprenticeship has already been identified as a key component in support of that investment in several areas (i.e. recently announced Energy Training Partnerships grants will provide nearly $100 million to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable industry credentials and employment, including career opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship programs) and we are excited to join our Labor and Employer partners to train our country’s next generation of workers, prepared to lead the U.S. efforts to grow the clean energy sector.

I encourage you to read the full transcript of the President’s remarks and to go back and read about the role Registered Apprenticeship is expected to play in carrying out the goals of the Energy Training Partnerships grants Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a few weeks ago. 

John V. Ladd
National Office of Apprenticeship

Submitted for comments by John Griffin

Apprenticeship in California

Currently California has 232 Federally registered apprenticeship programs. The State also sponsors apprenticeship through the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the California Apprenticeship Council. While the DAS and CAC are not recognized by the Federal Office of Apprenticeship there is still a good working relationship between the agencies.

There are 48,328 Federal apprentices which is a decrease from previous highs of over 50,000 apprentices. California apprenticeship has seen a decrease that has mirrored the high unemployment rates.

The Federal programs are comprised of Federal prisons, health care, construction, barbering, cosmetology, manufacturing, energy, automotive, state and local agencies.

Although California has experienced a down turn in apprenticeship activity there has been a strong interest to establish and register new apprenticeship programs in construction, renewable energy industries, and health care.

The Office of Apprenticeship staff consists of State Director Rick Davis who also manages the Northern California programs and ATR Arthur Page who oversees the Southern California programs.

California held an Action Clinic on June 18, 2009 that was attended by approximately 200 people representing local workforce investment areas, Workforce Investment Act partners, registered apprenticeship programs, and local businesses which was a statewide repeat of the Regional Action Clinic held earlier in the year in San Francisco. Two additional clinics were held with the focus of educating the partners of the performance measures and inter workings of each agency in order to foster a better understanding of how the agencies can better collaborate in apprenticeship measures.

California apprenticeship has strong ties with the Community College system. Most program sponsors utilize the Community Colleges for related instruction. The California Community College system supplies representatives to assist apprenticeship programs in the development of related instruction.

While California has seen a very high level of assistance through ARRA funding the apprenticeship community has not seen a significant increase in activity. There is currently an active movement involving the City of Sacramento and several partners including Workforce, education, the public, and industry, in an effort to develop a new apprenticeship program specifically to address the green construction industry and to train new employees through registered apprenticeship for the industry.

Rick Davis
State Director USDOL/ETA/OA
2800 Cottage Way
Room W-1836
Sacramento, California 95825
Phone: 916-978-4618

Arthur Page
Apprenticeship Training Representative USDOL/ETA/OA
5675 Ruffin Road
Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123-1362
Fax: 602/771/1205

Respectfully Submitted by 

Rick Davis, OA State Director



Recovering the Region 5 economy

Don't miss the opportunity to connect with Heartland 2010 presenters and participants!
We will be posting many of our upcoming Conference sessions. Share your ideas and best practices, post your comments and help build an interactive learning community.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) Region 5, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Employment and Training Association (GLETA), is hosting the Heartland Conference to be held April 7-9, 2010 in Chicago, IL at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel.

What is the Heartland Conference?

The Heartland Conference is a comprehensive technical assistance and training event to support reemployment and economic growth in the Midwest through the exchange of innovative ideas and practices; the display of cutting-edge tools and technology; and the sharing and analysis of the latest information from the Administration. Sessions, guest speakers, and activities have been developed to assist the workforce system in improving customer services and improving program performance.  Today’s economy presents the workforce and economic development world with challenges it has not faced in decades. This event will present a wide array of strategies to assist with meeting and overcoming today’s challenges. It will provide a forum for partnering and networking with leaders from all facets of workforce and economic development.

Current List of Apprenticeship related Workshop Titles
click on the titles below for more information. Feel free to ask questions specific to the workshop.

  • Creating Career Development Opportunities
    How the “Green Construction Corps” program is Creating Career Development Opportunities. The Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis, the Urban League of Greater St. Louis and the Habitat for Humanity will share their knowledge of this exciting new program.

  • Training for the Boomer Crisis
    Meeting America’s Need for a Quality Direct Care Workforce. The NW Michigan Council of Governments Healthcare RSA and PHI will speak about innovative approaches and initiatives to attract and sustain a high quality healthcare workforce.

  • The Stairway to Success
    Strategies for climbing the career ladder: North Central Kansas Technical College, USDOL and the Management & Training Corporation will discuss pathways and strategies that can provide a “Stairway
    to Success”.

  • The Iowa Apprenticeship Initiative
    “Earn, Learn, Succeed- three words that can change your life!  Experts representing the Iowa Office of Workforce Development and the Region 5 Office of Apprenticeship will share their secrets on how Apprenticeship and the Workforce System are working together to help get people back to work…

    Additional 2010 Heartland Conference videos

    Update on the Auto Recovery
    Update on the Recovery of Auto Communities and Workers

    Presenter: Dr. Paul Harrington, Director, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northwestern University

    When is the Midwest going to Recover?

    When is the Midwest going to recover?

    Presenter: Dr. Edward Montgomery, Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers

    Understanding Today's Economic Challenges

    Understanding the Challenges and Charting a Path Forward for the Midwest (Super Session)

    Presenters: Laura Tomaka, Graham Toft

    Rapid Reemployment

    Rapid Response: Connecting to Rapid Reemployment

    Presenters: Bruce Bernardi, Ken Messina, and Jeff Ryan

    Connecting to Education
    Kenneth L. Ender, Ph.D., Harper College

    Skillshed Analysis
    Skillshed Analysis: A Tool for Future Strategies

    Presenters: Paula Nissen, Joe Hogue

    Supporting Participants in Training

    Supporting Participants in Training Through Tough Economic Times

    Presenters: Rebekah Woolley, Jamie Gallie, Deborah Galoway, and Janet Rosentreter

    National Emergency Grants

    National Emergency Grants: The Art and Science of Application and Project Management

    Presenters: Linda Ortolano, Kim Powell, and Gerardo Lara

    The Ripple Effect

    The Ripple Effect: Engagement/Leadership Strategies for Serving Challenged Youth

    Presenters: Thomas Major, Jr., Clint Johnson, and Joe'von Beverly

    The New Playing Field

    Expectations for a 21st Century Worforce System
    Presenters: Robert Knight, Bonnie Elsey


    Will you be attending the 2010 Heartland Conference?

    Do you have a question for a presenter?

    Are there topics you would like to be addressed?

    We welcome all questions!