Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship Works to Assist U.S. Veterans
Posted by Chad Aleshire - On June 20, 2013 (EST)
The Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) recently met over 2 days (June 5 & 6) to discuss strategies to assist transitioning veterans prepare for successful careers through Registered Apprenticeship. Joining ACA members, leadership from the U.S. Department s of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor, the Maryland Dept. of Labor, apprenticeship sponsors and others involved in assisting veterans held discussions ranging from finding ways to increase access for veterans to enter Registered Apprenticeship programs; providing credit for training and skills veterans have developed during their service; to ways the Federal government, employers and industry can partner to increase services and opportunities for our returning service members.
The event was also highlighted by testimony given by U.S. Air Force Major and White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of Labor Ariel Batungbacal. Major Batungbacal spoke on strategies to help recruit women into the skilled trades, including targeted outreach campaigns. She also spoke of her own experiences in the military and how the leadership women show in their military duties can be transferred to opportunities in the private sector as they transition to civilian employment. Stay tuned for a video highlighting Major Batungbacal’s remarks in the coming days.
The meeting concluded with the development of initial “areas of focus” for moving forward to recruit and offer opportunities to transitioning veterans through Registered Apprenticeship. The “areas of focus” included, but are not limited to the following:
As discussions continue and strategies around the “areas of focus” mentioned above are further explored, we will continue to update progress and continue our joint efforts to assist returning veterans. The ACA’s Ad Hoc workgroup on Veterans anticipates finalizing a set of recommendations and action items for consideration at the next ACA meeting (TBD).
Finally, we wish to thank all of our partners and ACA members that worked so hard to make this meeting such a success. Specifically, we wish to thank our valued partners at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs as well as our colleagues in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans and Employment and Training Services (VETS). We also very much appreciate the work of the ACA’s Ad Hoc workgroup that led the development and structure of this meeting. Lastly, a reminder to look for more on featured speaker Ariel Batungbacal’s remarks via a video interview conducted here at the U.S. Department of Labor.For more on the meeting, including photos, be sure to read the DOL Newsletter item from the June 6 edition, under Around DOL - Apprenticeship Committee Focuses on Veterans. View Here
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