As the next state in my review of apprenticeship in the states across
There are 321 apprentices in the federal programs and 3467 apprentices in the SAA programs for a total of 3788 registered apprentices.
The Federal programs are comprised of Federal prisons and Tribal Nations throughout the state. The programs registered with the SAA represent; health care, construction, manufacturing, energy, mining, automotive, and state and local governments.
Meetings have been held with the City of Phoenix Workforce Connection to develop a process for funding the related technical education for apprentices, especially in light of these tough economic times and high unemployment rate in Arizona. One of the goals is to help keep first year apprentices in school even though they may be experiencing job loss or layoff.
The City of Phoenix Workforce Connection (WIA) has also requested that the apprenticeship office participate in discussions with the aerospace and defense industry about their workforce needs, including registered apprenticeship. In 2007, Parker Hannifin, one of the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets, registered a program to train their machinists.
Paula Burnam, Director, Apprenticeship Services
Arizona Department of Commerce
1700 West Washington, Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Respectfully Submitted by
Paula Burnam, SAA Director
Colleen Henry, OA State Director
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Training Tomorrow’s Workforce
Community College and Apprenticeship as Collaborative
Routes to Rewarding Careers
This important new study from the Center for American Progress examines current collaborations between community colleges and registered apprenticeship programs. It also recommends ways to expand these collaboraitons by increasing employer demand for apprenticeships. Some of the suggestions:
The 41-page study is available by clicking on this link, and will be added to the RESOURCE section of this Community of Practice.
What sorts of community college-registered apprenticeship collaborations are successful in your local areas or states? How might we be able to showcase them as best practices?
2009: The Great Recession
Where Will You Be 10 Years From Now?
Few of us can disagree with the fact that the current, ongoing economic mess has turned the way work will be performed in the future on its head. To this end, workers—one, five, or 10 years from now—will not be able to simply rely on what they know and can do but rather whether or not they continue learning and are able to apply that newly-gained knowledge as means of survival. If history can be utilized as one predictor of the future, then we as a nation should not ignore the track record of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) as a proven method of supporting our workforce’s efforts to re-tool and up-skill. Accordingly, many of the joint labor-management (RA) programs I am familiar with have been focusing much of their attention on advancing and improving the technical and academic skills of their journey-workers over the past several years…long before the Great Recession hit! In addition, foreseeing that the new (workforce) world order would require a mix of skill sets, most of these same programs mentioned above implemented and offered college articulation agreements to their current apprentices to further instill and engrain the importance of lifelong learning. With today’s unending advances in technology, we must not sit idly by and wait for this malaise to pass in hopes that things will get better. As leaders, we are often faced with tough choices…this Administration needs to give more than lip service to RA as a vital economic recovery tool by promoting RA as an equal to other post-secondary options it often cites and funds! If so, in 10 years, maybe you will be one of those workers who can attest to the long-lasting, positive impact the ARRA had on your life not unlike those who came before us from the WPA and CCC during the Great Depression.