Georgia Apprenticeship

Posted by John Griffin - On August 18, 2010 (EST)

The State of Georgia is an OA state employing the State Director.  Currently there are three unfilled ATR positions; two vacancies in Atlanta and one vacancy in Savannah, GA.  The State of Georgia has 202 registered apprenticeship programs with 5,010 apprentices registered.  Last fiscal year (2009), Georgia staff developed and registered eight new apprenticeship programs and registered 1,731 new apprentices.


Currently, Georgia is at a 10.0% Unemployment rate which is .5% higher than the national average.  Due to the economy, many manufacturing and new construction jobs have been lost, however, we are optimistic that Eastern Georgia, as part of the “Nuclear Corridor” will be needing somewhere between 9,000 – 12,000 jobs to expand the Plant Votgle Electric Generating Plant, the builds of the Mox Fuel Fabrication Facility, the Plant Washington coal-fuel powered plant, and the Waycross, GA bio-energy pellet plant among other smaller projects.


Georgia State Director Anita Reyes participated in a meeting with staffers from the Georgia Department of Labor, Assistant Commissioner for Career Development Services office, the Executive Director of East Central Georgia Energy Consortium and Shaw Group to discuss the East Central Georgia Energy Consortium’s (ECGEC) pre-apprenticeship program.  Discussion was held as to how the ECGEC’s pre-apprenticeship program will assist in getting graduates of the program connected with registered apprenticeship programs.


State Director Reyes has developed a relationship with the Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium (GEICC) and through that Consortium, Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue has signed a proclamation designating the third week of October as “Careers in Energy Week”.  This proclamation recognizes the significant impact that Careers in Energy has on the economy of Georgia and through strategic partnerships, GEICC strives to promote a unified and results oriented effort to ensure people find new and rewarding careers in energy.


Kia’s announcement to build a factory to make Kia's Sorento sport utility vehicle, has hopes to hire 2,500 employees. Kia supply companies may eventually employ 3,000 additional workers.


The State of Georgia is slowly moving toward registering apprenticeship programs in the healthcare field having registered the Georgia Health Care Association which represents long term healthcare facilities in Georgia.  Also, the Rapid Enhanced Active Development apprenticeship program was registered this year to train in the medical assistance and biller/coder occupations.


Georgia State Director Reyes met with representatives of Goodwill Industries of North Georgia to promote registered apprenticeship.  Goodwill of North Georgia has received both Federal Highway On-The-Job Training Services Project funding (Pre-Apprenticeship Training for Women in Highway Construction) and a Pathways out of Poverty Grant.  SD Reyes toured the training facility and observed the Women in Construction hands-on class.  SD Reyes and Goodwill of North Georgia will continue to meet to develop registered apprenticeship programs in green occupations (solar panel assembly, solar panel installation and weatherization), janitorial/floor work and retail.  We will also partner to connect the Women in Construction pre-apprenticeship program to registered apprenticeship programs.


Georgia State Director Reyes gave a presentation on Registered Apprenticeship and Innovative Training Opportunities at the Region 3 Trade and Dislocated Worker Roundtable in Atlanta GA.  SD Reyes pointed out that Registered Apprenticeship is now recognized in the Trade Adjustment Act and discussed methods in which Registered Apprenticeship could improve workforce development’s Adult and Youth performance measurements.  Approximately 40 TAA/TRA, Rapid Response and IT Coordinators; Governor’s Office of Workforce Development representatives, Employment and Training Consultants, Workforce Investment Managers came from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Also in attendance were representatives from the U. S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration from both the National Office and the Atlanta Regional Office.


Respectfully Submitted By,

Anita Reyes

State Director

U. S. Department of Labor

Office of Apprenticeship

Atlanta GA 30303

John M. Griffin

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