Editor's Note: A message from the Office of Apprenticeship Administrator- John Ladd announcing the redesigned and enhanced Community of Practice.
De-Skilling: A Misguided Strategy?
Stimulus funds have created much fervor towards the Greening of America. Unfortunately, as some win…others lose! To this end, while the US-DOL’s recent wage determination for the occupations highlighted below may appear appealing, they pose the unintended consequence of negatively impacting the trades that have traditionally performed these tasks (i.e., carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and sheet metal workers). Not to mention, shutting out non-traditionals (i.e., women and minorities) from true career pathways. In nearly every community across the US, each of the trades mentioned above have long-established US-DOL Registered Apprenticeship programs that provide career ladders and lattices with living wage and benefit packages versus low paying dead-end jobs. When the ARRA funds dry-up, where will these so-called Weatherization Installers and Technicians go? Equally important, how will these workers be trained…and by whom? In the interest of delivering a quality product to the taxpayers of this nation, it is high time agencies within the same Department coordinate their efforts in a manner consistent with promoting Registered Apprenticeship as a viable post-secondary option!
47-4099.03 - Weatherization Installers and Technicians
Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.
Weatherization Installers and Technicians is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.
Recently I was made aware of a website that I found interesting and thought I would share it with everyone. The website is www.njplace.com which explains that in New Jersey an apprentice in the building and construction trades can be eligible to apply apprenticeship training towards a college degree. The site has all the information and requirements along with contact information. While looking at the site I asked a few OA State Directors if they had similar setups in their states and I found that:
All the Building Trades Apprentices in Indiana are eligible to receive Associates Degrees from IVY Tech Community College.
In New Mexico, there are articulation agreements with Central New Mexico Community College for an Associates Degree.
The Community College of Rhode Island also gives credit from the Apprenticeship Program in a degree program.