Editor's note: this
blog post is from Heather Stefan, Director of Apprenticeship from the great state of Louisiana and our #2 contributor to our community. Chad- your #1 position is in jeapordy.
Happy New Year, one and all! This is going to be a quick post, because I don't have the time to wax poetic as I normally "try" to - but that will come later. I'm just throwing this out for those who might be interested.
Currently, Apprenticeship Program sponsors number 116 with around 3,700 apprentices registered on RAPIDS( The USDOLs electronic Apprenticeship system).
Apprenticeship Programs in
Support for Registered Apprenticeship continues to grow in the State due to the relationship between the Office of Apprenticeship, the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee (a Governor appointed committee), and the Arkansas Department of Labors’ Department of Workforce Services, Department of Career Education, and the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board (WIB) who collaborates continuously to address key issues regarding workforce development needs throughout the State of Arkansas. The Dallas Action Clinic brought together all three of these entities in a collaborative effort to bring about real change in the relationship between apprenticeship sponsors and the workforce development system in the State. This collaboration continues as the product of an MOU signed by the Department of Labors’ Workforce Services, Career Education, Workforce Investment Board and the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee which has been presented to the Governor for inclusion in the Arkansas Strategic Plan which stresses education of the State Workforce Center staff and local Workforce Investment Boards regarding Registered Apprenticeships impact on the local community and education of Apprenticeship sponsors on the services available at the Workforce Centers.
The above was submitted to me by:
Donald E. Reese
State Director USDOL/ETA/OA
- Room 3507, 700
West Capitol Street,
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3204