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This week’s Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight will highlight the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership, which focuses on establishing career pathways for Home Care Aides – the nation’s fastest growing occupation

The Training Partnership’s Advanced Home Care Aide Apprenticeship Program provides advanced training  to home care workers who are ready to take their career to the next level and provide specialized care to older adults and people with disabilities.  The apprenticeship includes a total of 145 hours, which includes 75 hours of basic and 70 hours of advanced classroom work.  Apprentices also receive 24 hours of peer mentoring from an experienced Home Care Aide. 

The Training Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)3  school training more than 40,000 home care workers annually – making it the second largest educational institution in Washington state.  Formed by SEIU Healthcare 775NW and participating employers, including the state of Washington, the Training Partnership delivers innovative online and classroom based training to give workers the skills they need to provide high-quality, complex care to older adults and people with disabilities living at home instead of in a nursing home or institution.  The Advanced Home Care Aide apprenticeship program, the first of its kind in the country, is winding down its pilot phase and the Training Partnership hopes to scale the program in 2013.

Apprentices who complete the program receive an increase in pay and a Completion Certificate issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, which has national portability. The pilot also features a competency based career pathway to Medical Assistant in which Advanced Home Care Aide apprentices  earn college credit toward a Medical Assistant degree - reducing time to completion for this high demand degree.

The Advanced Home Care Aide apprenticeship program was recently recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program, which identified innovative training models that embody the 21st century vision for apprenticeship, during the Department of Labor’s OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate Education and Action Summit” in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.  Charissa Raynor, Executive Director for the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership, represented the program during the August 1, 2012 event, here in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Raynor was presented with a Certificate of Recognition presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, and Administrator of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.

“Through Registered Apprenticeship, we are building a “user friendly” career pathway that empowers home care workers to deepen their skills and earn more by using those skills to provide specialized care that improves health outcomes and cost efficiencies not only in home care, but across the healthcare system,” said Ms. Raynor.  “And, this first in the nation model not only helps stabilize the home care industry’s workforce, but the entire healthcare workforce.  As we are proving with our pilot, today’s home care workers can be tomorrow’s medical assistants or other healthcare professionals - stabilizing and building cultural and linguistic diversity across the healthcare system.” 

To learn more on the Training Partnership’s Home Care Aide Apprenticeship Program, we encourage you to download the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership Trailblazer and Innovator Fact Sheet.  For more on the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership, please visit www.myseiubenefits.org

We continue our Trailblazer and Innovator Spotlight series this week with a look at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) located in Bremerton, Washington.  PSNS & IMF’s Mission is simply: “Maintain and modernize our Navy’s fleet.”  A mission with few words; A responsibility beyond words.  The PSNS was originally established in 1891 as a Naval Station.  It was designated Navy Yard Puget Sound in 1901.  From its start, PSNS has played an important role in preparing and maintaining U.S. Naval ships and submarines.  During World War II, the Shipyard’s primary effort was the repair of battle damaged ships of the U.S. Fleet and those of its Allies.

The facility’s use of Registered Apprenticeship dates back to its beginnings, when in 1901, the Shipyard Labor Board hired six young men to serve as its first class of apprentices.  Today, PSNS & IMF have registered, trained, and graduated nearly 9,000 apprentices.  PSNS & IMF apprentices have been involved in the building and maintenance of some of our nation’s first submarines, and today maintain U.S. nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers all over the world.

The PSNS & IMF Registered Apprenticeship program has always offered its apprentices a formal education as part of its apprenticeship program, working in partnership with area educators since 1925.  Today, through co-operative education agreements with Olympic College, apprentices  earn an Associate in Technical Arts degree by the conclusion of the third year of their four-year apprenticeship. Supporting the apprentice program is a trades helper program that prepares entry level workers for apprenticeship and through long-standing partnerships  with ---local career and technical educators they’ve also established the opportunity for High School students to prepare for a Registered Apprenticeship in a High School Work Study program 

The PSNS & IMF apprenticeship program was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program, which recognized innovative training models that embody the 21st century vision for apprenticeship, during the Department of Labor’s “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate Education and Action Summit” in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.  

Bryan Watland, Apprenticeship Program Administrator for the PSNS & IMF, represented the program during the August 1, 2012 event, in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Watland was presented with a Certificate of Recognition presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, and Administrator of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.

Mr. Watland had this to say about the recognition the program received and Registered Apprenticeship’s long-standing role with the PSNS & IMF. 

“Registered Apprenticeship is one of the principal ways that we develop the workforce at PSNS & IMF.  It’s been a part of our development plans since 1901.  We believe formal education and the rigors of the Apprenticeship model provide us with a highly trained workforce prepared to maintain our Navy’s ships and submarines.”

For more on the apprenticeship opportunities PSNS & IMF offer, please download and share the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Trailblazer and Innovator Fact Sheet.  For more on the PSNS & IMF facility, please visit: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/shipyards/puget/default.aspx.

PBS NewsHour article, "The Youth Unemployment Crisis: A Fix That Works and Pays For Itself" shares Economist, Urban Institute Fellow, and American University Professor Bob Lerman's thoughts on why Apprenticeship can be the answer to address Youth Unemployment in the U.S.

From the article, written by Paul Solman....Lerman starts by asking: 

"What if I told you that a U.S. public-private initiative could reduce youth unemployment, improve the transition from school-to-careers, upgrade skills, raise wages of young adults, strengthen a young worker's identity, increase U.S. productivity, achieve positive returns for employers and workers, and reduce government spending?.....
So what is it? To expand apprenticeship training, expand it significantly enough to become a viable alternative for most young people and a common method of recruitment and training by employers."

In a recently released report, the National Governors Association (NGA) details efforts among States to encourage manufacturing growth.  Registered Apprenticeship is identified as a part of the strategy being used in the efforts of some states to help re-establish the U.S. as a leader in manufacturing. 

The report, “Making” Our Future: What States Are Doing to Encourage Growth in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment,” focuses on the results of an NGA Center for Best Practices Policy Academy where teams from eight states—California, Colorado, ConnecticutIllinoisKansasMassachusettsNew York and Pennsylvania—participated in an intensive, year-long strategic planning process to support advanced manufacturing by combining workforce education and support for business innovation, university-industry partnerships and public and private sector entrepreneurship.

The report, released in January 2013, discusses a shifting policy agenda - from a focus of how to “rescue and retain existing footholds in manufacturing,” to a debate on how to “set the stage to lead the world in new technologies and innovations that are changing the face of manufacturing.”  Starting with a look at the current state of manufacturing in the U.S., the report provides an overview of the importance of manufacturing to our economy (65% of U.S. trade; responsible for the employment of 63 % of our domestic scientists and engineers), and how manufacturing has changed over the last several years to high-tech, high efficiency processes that include the use of robotics, bio-manufacturing, smart sensors, cloud-based computing and nanotechnology.  The report goes on to detail how these new technologies require employees with new skills.  To produce these skills, the report contends, entrepreneurs, economic developers, educators, students and parents will “need new approaches and capabilities to boost competitiveness and gain the maximum benefits from the changes.”  The changing landscape of manufacturing is not depicted by the NGA report as a problem, but rather an opportunity for the U.S. to re-emerge as a leader of innovation and production.  

The report next provides an overview of what eight States are doing to “Forge New Manufacturing Strengths,” and Registered Apprenticeship is highlighted as part of those efforts. 

Registered Apprenticeship Highlights

Washington - Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee
The report provides a “Best Practice Model – Washington’s Workforce Intermediaries” (Pg. 34) which highlights one of our Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator programs – a program recognized for its embodiment of the 21st Century Vision for Registered Apprenticeship.  The example highlights the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)’s efforts to address demand for skilled workers in Washington’s Aerospace industry. 

Colorado – Addressing Skill Gaps
In Colorado the use of internships, Apprenticeships and other mentor-based approaches are recommended to address “Gaps in skills and experiences of workers," a top priority in the State’s efforts to revamp its manufacturing sectors. (Pg. 35)

Illinois - Manufacturing STEM Learning Exchange
In Illinois, a statewide public-private effort has led to the recent launch of a Manufacturing STEM Learning Exchange aimed at coordinating resources and investments to support the development of a manufacturing talent pipeline that includes the use of mentorships, internships, and apprenticeships as practical learning opportunities. (Pg. 38)

For more on the report, visit:
http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-publications/page-ehsw-publications/col2-content/main-content-list/making-our-future.html

 

Our Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator “SpotLight” series continues this week with a look at the Seafarers International Union (SIU)-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education.  Established in 1967, the Paul Hall Center provides vocational training for U.S. mariners, including over 70 Coast Guard-approved courses. 

Since 2003 the Center has used a Registered Apprenticeship program to prepare over 3,000 U.S. Mariners.  The program is the largest of its kind for entry-level seafarers in the United States.  Apprentices receive training for Merchant Mariner careers aboard all types of vessels, including containerships, tankers, bulkers, passenger vessels, tug boats, etc.  

Classes and training cover the duties and responsibilities in the three main areas of seamanship: deck, engine, and steward.  The Unlicensed Apprentice (UA) Program offers a one-year program that includes a combination of classroom training and an apprenticeship onboard a vessel, plus hands-on training at the school’s Piney Point, Md. campus.  Apprentices pay no tuition and receive room and board during their participation. Participants who complete the training and graduate from the entry-level apprenticeship program are guaranteed a first job aboard one of the SIU's contracted vessels.

The Center’s apprenticeship program was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program,  which embodies the 21st century Vision for Registered Apprenticeship, during the U.S. Department of Labor’s “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate Education and Action Summit” in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.  John Mason, the CEO of American Service Technology Inc., accepted a Certificate of Recognition, on behalf of the Paul Hall Center, presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Administrator of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.

In an August 15 news release issued by SIU, Mason spoke on the recognition and what it means to the Paul Hall Center.

“It’s an outstanding example of a labor and management partnership,” he said. “It fulfills the maritime transportation industry’s need for skilled, safe and qualified workers. The trailblazer award honors apprenticeship programs that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to excellence.”

To learn more about the SIU-affiliated apprenticeship program at the Paul Hall Center, we encourage you to download the SIU – Paul Hall Center Trailblazer and Innovator Fact Sheet.  For more on the programs SIU offers through the Paul Hall Center, please visit the SIU Website at: http://www.seafarers.org/paulhallcenter/phc.asp