Toolkit and White Paper on Improving Transition Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities through Apprenticeship
Leveraging Registered Apprenticeship as a Workforce Development Strategy for the Workforce Investment System
The Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative recently conducted a nationwide census project aimed at pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction trades. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the survey explored the number, geographic location, and scope of construction pre-apprenticeship programs. The survey generated responses from 260 pre-apprenticeship program leaders from across the United States. The research paper describing the results of the survey covers topics such as program size, organizational types and affiliations, the range of services provided, the current challenges programs face and the demographic groups the programs serve. To build on this work, WSI has received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to interview a select group of leaders from some of the nation's most successful pre-apprenticeship programs. The results of these interviews will provide a more in-depth analysis of successful program models and promising practices in pre-apprenticeship programs. In conjunction with the results from the survey, the interview results ultimately will provide decision-makers and stakeholders with a picture of several different approaches to pre-apprenticeship programs and strategies across the U.S. To learn more about WSI's research on construction pre-apprenticeship programs, download the report.
The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship and the Office of Apprenticeship have recently issued a paper titled --"Recommendations to Encourage Registered Apprenticeship – Community-Based Organization Partnerships" -- focusing on the importance of increasing connections among the Registered Apprenticeship system and Community-Based organizations (CBOs). The “white paper” aims to help address the need of American industry for a highly skilled workforce, and offer recommendations for providing often under-represented populations a viable pathway to the middle class.
The latest Techniques Magazine has a feature on Apprenticeship! Skip to page 22 for "50,000 Reasons Why Apprenticeship Works" by Assistant Secretary Jane Oates and Office of Apprenticeship Administrator John V. Ladd. Also, be sure to read "Should Your School Offer Apprenticeship Training?" on page 16.
Archived Recording of the April 11,2013 "Economic Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship for Apprentices and the Public Sector" Webinar. This Webinar provided an overview of the results of a recent Mathematica Policy Research study on the high earnings potential of Apprentices and the cost-benefits to the public sector and taxpayers. The Webinar also highlighted how Washington State has used funding for School to Registered Apprenticeship programs, non-traditional Apprenticeships, and Apprenticeships in high-demand industries. If you missed the Live Webinar, download the recorded version to hear from presenters on strategies for advancing Registered Apprenticeship to meet the 21st century workforce challenges facing the U.S. today. Speakers included Apprenticeship Administrator John Ladd, Deputy Director for the Washington State Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board Bryan Wilson, and American University Professor of Economics and Urban Institute Fellow Bob Lerman.
In a speech in South Carolina Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton will call for a $1500 Tax Credit for every apprentice a business hires in an effort to boost the number of youth in apprenticeships. The announcement has been widely covered and you can read more here by clicking the 'View Page Now' button on the right.
Detroit News' coverage of Jill Biden and President Obama's unveiling of $175 million in grants to boost apprenticeships — including $11 million for three Michigan projects — and a renewed call for two years of free community college for students with above-average grades. Click the "View Page Now" button to the right to view the full article.
Update: August 1 (7:45 a.m. EDT) We mentioned earlier that Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis joined our “Trailblazer and Innovator” Registered Apprenticeship programs being recognized for their innovative efforts to train U.S. workers. For more on the “meet and greet”, including photos of the event, be sure to check out the Secretary’s blog post by visiting the Department of Blog Page http://social.dol.gov/blog/
Individuals who complete a Registered Apprenticeship program will earn substantially higher wages over their lifetime according to a study released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC (WOEJATC) is a joint effort between the IBEW LU 1141 and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. It's a model education partnership which produces many of the best-trained electrical apprentices and journeymen in the state. All of the $860,000 annually spent on the Registered Apprenticeship program is privately funded.
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s (ACFEF) apprenticeship program began in 2010 in an effort to raise the level of foodservice training opportunities available to U.S. soldiers. The program now has more than 500 soldiers currently enrolled in the program and operates in five pilot installations.
USMAP is a formal military training program that provides Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy service members the opportunity to advance their job skills and earn a Registered Apprenticeship Completion Certificate while still on active duty.
The 2012 Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo in Edmond, Oklahoma is a great opportunity for Lineworkers to compete to show their skills and knowledge through a series of events. See how the Journeymen and Apprentices faired in this year's skills Rodeo.
The Prince Georges County Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department Apprenticeship was recently recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program. Read the Spotlight to learn more about how this innovative 36 month Registered Apprenticeship is providing opportunities to Prince Georges County Fire and EMS service members.
Pickens County, in upstate South Carolina, is committed to academic excellence. In Pickens County students are being given access to the tools required to succeed in today’s competitive market place. The motto in Pickens County is “Developing a Workforce for You.” Read the blog and see the video here to learn more.
Pipe Fitters Local Union 597 apprenticeship program began in 1921. Today, Apprentices can enter a hybrid welding program that can lead to entry into journey-level courses. Learn more here.
On June 5 and 6 the Secretary of Labor's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) met, along with leaders from throughout the Apprenticeship & Veterans assistance communities, to develop strategeis aimed at helping transitioning Vets gain access to well-paying long-term careers. Read more here.
During the Summer of 2012, the Secretary of Labor challenged the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) to develop recommendations that leverage the Registered Apprenticeship model and its system of over 250,000 employers, joint labor-management organizations, and industry and educational partners to help ensure America stays competitive in today's global economy. Through months of hard work, the ACA developed the "Shared Vision for Increasing Opportunity, Innovation, and Competitiveness for American Workers and Employers: A Report from the Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.” This report reflects their recommendations for advancing Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century. We thank the ACA for the hard work and dedication they put into producing these recommendations. Read more on the report and download it in full Here.
A tremendous success story of an African American youth in post-Katrina New Orleans who made the most of a pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program to secure his future for his family.
Mike Donta, Deputy Commissioner with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet shared this article on Kentucky's Breckinridge County Area Technology Center, where students have the opportunity learn technical skills through the TRACK - Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky - program. Read More here.
The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) and the Office of Apprenticeship have recently issued a paper titled -- Recommendations to Encourage Registered Apprenticeship - Community-Based Organization Partnerships -- focusing on the importance of increasing connections among the Registered Apprenticeship system and Community-Based organizations (CBOs). Read more & download the paper here.
Registered Apprenticeship continues to stay in the news as Secretary of Labor Tom Perez's recent visit to a UAW Apprenticeship Training was captured through multiple media outlets.
The White House has issued a blog highlighting Vice President Joe Biden's announcement of the launch of the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC), an effort to aid U.S. apprentices in earning college credit through training and classroom instruction completed as they progress through a Registered Apprenticeship program. Read the White House Blog here - written by Sean O'Brien, White House Director of Speechwriting for the Vice President.
Stacey Jarrett Wagner, a Workforce Systems Development Manager with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), wrote this great blog on the re-emergence of Registered Apprenticeship as a popular work-based education and training option. Jarrett-Wagner shares her thoughts on the history of, and recent increase in popularity of, the Registered Apprenticeship model Read it Now.
Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship member Charissa Raynor, Executive Director of the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust & Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, joined to write a great blog on the critical need for U.S.workers to have "Earn and Learn" opportunities as they prepare for careers. Read the Blog here.
Secretary of Labor Tom E. Perez has announced the availability of $100 million in grants in support of the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI). The funding aims to provide a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country’s particular economic, industry and workforce needs. This historic investment will help more workers participate in apprenticeships, and provide support for public-private partnerships that promote the expansion of quality and innovative Registered Apprenticeship programs. Read the Secretary’s blog to learn more.
The One-Year Anniversary of the signing of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is commemorated by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in this short video. Apprenticeship is highlighted as a key part of the expanded access American workers will have to enter training that leads to career pathways through WIOA.
In this video, Mike Rowe testifies before Congress and mentions Apprenticeship. Mike is a huge promoter of skilled trades and references his show, "Dirty Jobs," and the fact that his grandfather was a skilled tradesmen. Mike's testimony shows the need for a big publicity campaign for skilled trades to address the growing skills gap.