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Today, Labor Secretary Solis testifed before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Her testimony entitled “Empowering Workers to Rebuild America’s Economy and Longer-Term Competitiveness: Green Skills Training for Workers” was held on Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.

Here’s the link for the hearing and testimonies

http://help.senate.gov/Hearings/2009_04_21/2009_04_21.html

Mark Ayers’ testimony at Senate Hearing has many references and discussion of apprenticeship.  See page 5-6 in particular, for references to registered apprenticeship.  

Also see Testimony by Dean Allen, Chief Executive Officer, McKinstry Company, Seattle, WA, also references apprenticeship – see pages 4-5

In February, Zeran, who graduated from his five-year apprenticeship last July, joined 150 IBEW members from across Minnesota for a lobbying day in St. Paul, where renewable energy was a main focus. “I participated because I realized—early on in my electrical career—that just showing up at work every day is not enough,” says Zeran, who needs one more installation to become certified as a solar specialist by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. The legislature's green jobs task force was already considering more than 20 bills—including bond measures for public projects on green energy—before Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus package. The state has some of the strongest ...Read More



A large solar panel is mounted outside the training center.
During the Memorial Day break, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will invite congressional representatives to tour union job-training centers around the country to show them why they are the right choice when it comes to creating a renewable energy work force.  The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee - a partnership between the IBEW and union electrical contractors - unveils its Green Jobs Curriculum next month, which collects more than 70 green training lessons the NJATC has been using into one single curriculum. .  Read More.
To compete and win in the global economy, Registered Apprenticeships are a key in growing a knowledgeable, skilled workforce. This video is made to increase awareness of jobs that require technical...check it out!
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