This is a study ETA commissioned by Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute and American University, “The Benefits and Challenges of Registered Apprenticeship: The Sponsors’ Perspective.” Findings show that 97 percent of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors—employers and labor-management programs alike—are highly satisfied with the model and would recommend it to other businesses. More than 80 percent of sponsors say that they use Registered Apprenticeship to meet their need for skilled workers. Another 72 percent say that Registered Apprenticeship helps them show which workers have needed skills; and 68 percent feel that the model raises productivity, strengthens worker morale and pride and improves worker safety. Few other publicly funded workforce programs have this level of satisfaction from employers and labor-management partnerships.
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 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.
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.
This interactive online Breeze course provides a basic "101" training about the Registered Apprenticeship system, and how it might be better integrated to support the Workforce system, the Education system, and other partners.
This interactive online Breeze course provides a basic "101" training about the Workforce Investment system, and how it might be better integrated with Registered Apprenticeship to support the goals of both programs.
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.
For our Veteran readers, or readers that are in position to share with Veteran family and friends, we wanted to share this great article in GX Magazine, the official magazine of the National Guard, on the opportunities apprenticeship can offer Veterans to begin a great career following their military service. Includes great resources and info on how to connect to apprenticeship opportunities.
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.
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/
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.
In Week 9 of our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series we are highlighting the Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East Coastal Region Community Health Worker (CHW) Registered Apprenticeship. The program was recently recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program for its embodiment of the 21st Century Vision for Registered Apprenticeship.
Since 2003, the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education has used a Registered Apprenticeship program to prepare over 3,000 U.S. Mariners. The Seafarers International Union(SIU)-affiliated program is the largest of its kind for entry-level seafarers in the United States. The program was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Trailblazer and Innovator Registered Apprenticeship program. Read the blog to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama discussed the need to prepare workers with job-ready skills during his January 28 State of the Union Address, and followed that by highlighting the need for more apprenticeships to accomplish that goal. Read more here.
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.
Great Article from the June 20 Chicago Tribune covering the American Apprenticeships Roundtable - Manufacturing, held in Chicago the same day. Read how the Manufacturing industry is driving the advancement of Registered Apprenticeship to address the need for qualified workers in growing sectors of the industry.
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.
The White House and the U.S. Department of Labor have jointly announced the launch of the ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERS initiative to encourage employers to join the effort to increase their talent pipelines and expand Apprenticeship in the U.S. Are you ready to become a LEADER today? Apprenticeship USA! Read more here.
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.