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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) have released a joint publication, Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways. This resource highlights successful career pathway models that create relevant, challenging learning environments for students and are designed to increase American employers' access to highly-skilled, qualified workers. Thriving in Challenging Times profiles 17 local and two statewide career pathways programs in multiple industry sectors, documenting the challenges, strategies, results, and business engagement each partnership has experienced.
“You want to understand me? You gotta watch my Pops tie rebar” That’s the message Bryce Harper leads with in a video being featured on the Building and Construction Trades’ Department (BCTD) the AFL-CIO. The short video ties Harper’s success to the work ethic and toughness displayed by his father as he worked as an iron worker for 25 years. The video pays tribute to the example his Dad set for him and the hard work and pride he was taught to put into everything. Watch the video here.
Great article from the Sacramento Bee on low income, hard-to-serve youth accessing career training through a partnership between Job Corps, the Operating Engineers Local 3 - Rancho Murieta, CA.-, and the Sacramento Kings that results in apprenticeship opportunities with the potential to change lives and provide a pathway to a good career.
Great new video issued by Chicago Women in Trades serves as a "Woman's Guide to Construction Careers". The video provides a great overview of the opportunities and support available for women to enter a lucrative career in the Skilled Trades. Learn more about the opportunities and watch the video here by clicking the "View Page Now" button to the right.
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, widely known as the UA, was established on October 11, 1889. 120 years later, the UA is still going strong
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 Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #1 and the Central Illinois’ Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) have paired to offer apprenticeship opportunities to underrepresented populations through a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). Learn more about how the partnership is helping prepare the next generation of workers in the Sheet Metal industry through work with local colleges and the Tri-County Construction Labor Management Council.
From PBS NewsHour's “The Rundown” – A blog which features business and employment news and insight - Writer Paul Solman spoke with Economist, Urban Institute Fellow, and American University Professor Bob Lerman on Lerman’s belief that Apprenticeship is the answer to address the U.S. “Youth Unemployment Crisis”. It’s a great read!
On May 3rd, the Washington Post published an Op-Ed piece highlighting the importance Apprenticeship could play in helping the U.S. address the growing skills gap may employers face. Read more here.
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.
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.
Richmond Virginia's Electrician JATC in the news...going green.
Attached is the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women’s final report, Women and Non-Traditional Occupations in Central Iowa: Attitudes and Opinions. This report of focus groups of women and what they think about careers in Construction, Electrical, and Utilities was funded by the Central Iowa Works Funding Collaborative and the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation.
The Apprenticeship Guide is a resource for YouthBuild programs seeking to increase apprenticeship opportunities for their graduates.
Alaska has completed a survey/paper on Registered Apprenticeship targeted on Transportation (highway construction), comparing RA to OJT programs. It highly favors RA. A summary and recommendations are available on pages 13 and 14.
A pre-recorded webinar available to WANTO grantees (or anyone who's interested!) on case management best practices and available Management Information Systems.