National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - November 14 – 20, 2016 – Thousands of Career Seekers, Sponsors and Stakeholders across the country are committed to sponsor, host and attend events in their city in support of National Apprenticeship week. Posted 11//09/2016
Fact Sheet : Investing More Than $50 Million through ApprenticeshipUSA to Expand Proven Pathways into the Middle Class
— The Department of Labor (DOL) is announcing the Administration’s latest step to increase access to apprenticeship – using Fiscal Year 2016 funding for a new $50.5 million investment in State Expansion Grants to expand apprenticeships across the country in a diverse array of industry sectors. This initiative, called ApprenticeshipUSA, is part of the Administration’s strategy to grow and diversify apprenticeship. Posted 10/26/2016
DWD Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Expand Successful Apprenticeship Program
— The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen joined U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Secretary Tom Perez at Madison College to highlight USDOL's announcement of a $1.5 million ApprenticeshipUSA Expansion Grant to Wisconsin to expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in the industries of Construction, Financial Services and Biotech. The announcement builds on other recent grant awarded to Wisconsin such as the $5 million grant for the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Growth and Enhancement Strategies (WAGE$) project and the $200,000 awarded in July to expand Wisconsin apprenticeship and support apprenticeship activities as the program expands into new sectors of the economy. Posted 10/26/2016
DOL Blog Post - #ApprenticeshipWorks for States — To run a successful, thriving, competitive business, companies both large and small need a diverse pool of talented and knowledgeable employees.
Registered apprenticeships offer a viable career pathway for workers from all backgrounds to acquire good-paying jobs and help successful businesses grow. Skilled workers who have completed apprenticeships not only help local businesses prosper in our states − Minnesota and Maryland − they also help create a strong economy and a better quality of life for working families. Posted 10/26/2016
Labor Department Announces Availability of $50.5M to Help States Expand, Diversify Registered Apprenticeship Opportunities
— States across the nation have the opportunity to expand registered apprenticeship programs that provide pathways for American workers from all backgrounds to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for good-paying jobs. Posted 6/29/2016
US Labor Department Announces $10.4M in Grants to Expand, Expedite Apprenticeships
— The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $10.4 million in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants to expand and expedite registered apprenticeship programs nationwide. Posted 6/29/2016
DOL Blog Post - #ApprenticeshipWorks in Milwaukee
— Making sure Americans have the right skills and training for 21st-century jobs is key to growing our economy and sustaining the recovery. On June 2, Secretary Tom Perez visited Milwaukee to see how the Labor Department’s investments are supporting and scaling up innovation in Brew City. Posted 6/29/2016
Articles, Papers and Survey Data
Top Trends in Jointly Managed Apprenticeship Programs: 2016 Survey Results
Top Trends in Jointly Managed Apprenticeship Programs survey report found apprenticeship programs in the U.S. and Canada are starting to offer more than just extensive skill instruction as part of training. Nearly 60% of apprenticeship programs are looking beyond the job title of Electrician, Carpenter, Plumber or Construction Craft Laborer, and offering life skills training as part of the apprenticeship curriculum, with an additional 20% considering adding the training. Free to Foundation members.Attention JATCs: It's Our Time To Shine —
To take advantage of the Obama administration's new emphasis on apprenticeship training, joint apprenticeship and training committees (JATCs) may want to work with schools and employers to emulate the Swiss model of career and technical education. Featured in the September 2014 issue of
. By Alex Gromada, Ron Tierney and John S. Gaal, Ed.D.
U.S Department of Labor Blog: Apprenticeship 101: Earn While You Learn — How would you like to receive a paycheck while being trained in a high-skill occupation that has a starting salary around $50,000? If that sounds appealing, you might want to consider participating in a Registered Apprenticeship program.
What's Working - Conversation with Joseph Maloney — Helmets to Hardhats (H2H)—a partnership started by unions, employers and government in the United States and Canada— connects armed forces reservists and transitioning veterans to apprenticeships and skilled jobs in the construction industry and related fields. In the United States, where H2H began in 2003, National Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty military service members in most cases become apprentices with jointly managed training and education funds. In 2012, the program spread to Canada, where reservists and veterans are matched up with employers and often enter an apprenticeship program through joint labour-management apprenticeship programs. Joseph Maloney founded the U.S. program while serving as the international secretary-treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Department of AFL-CIO, based in Washington, D.C. Maloney returned to Canada in 2006 and is an international vice president of the Western Canada Section of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Maloney spearheaded the implementation of the program in Canada and serves as the chairman of H2H in Canada. He spoke recently about H2H with editor Chris Vogel, CEBS.
Recommendations to Encourage Registered Apprenticeship - Community-Based Organization Partnerships — The purpose of this paper is to better understand the key ingredients in successful Registered Apprenticeship/Community-Based Organization partnerships, the key challenges preventing partnerships, and to document feedback and recommendations from stakeholders about how the DOL might foster better engagement and bring successful partnerships to scale.
21st Century Apprenticeship: A Shared Vision for Increasing Opportunity, Innovation, and Competitiveness for American Workers and Employers—The broad role of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) is to advise the U.S. Secretary of Labor on critical matters related to the Registered Apprenticeship system in the U.S., and to offer related recommendations. This report discusses the shared vision, goals, and objectives developed by the four main ACA workgroups, and offers the ACA's recommendations for leveraging Registered Apprenticeship to improve competitiveness and prosperity.
Yes, An Apprenticeship Fund Is An ERISA Fund
— The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), has made audits of apprenticeship and training funds a top priority in recent years. Knowing what to expect when EBSA arrives at the fund's door will help administrators and trustees be in the best position to respond to, and survive, an audit/ investigation. From October 2012
Benefits Magazine . By Gary Thayer and James W. Versocki
An Effectiveness Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Registered Apprenticeship in 10 States
The Employment and Training Administration
released a report showing the net benefits outweigh the net costs of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs. The report, titled
"An Effectiveness Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Registered Apprenticeship in 10 States," found the social benefits of an average 36 year career of an apprentice exceed the social costs by more than $49,000. The report suggests specific strategies to enhance the success of women in the RA program, such as building women's basic skills and developing accurate expectations about particular occupations, providing access to adequate child care, enforcing policies to combat harassment at male-dominated worksites, and providing peer groups for support and encouragement.
Attention JATCs: It's Not 2007 Anymore!
— Based on the author's workshop, "Energizing Apprenticeship and Training Programs," at the Construction Industry Benefits Conference in September 2011 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, this article focuses on the importance of running a training fund like a business. Featured in the January 2012 issue of
Benefits Magazine . By John S. Gaal, Ed.D.
Helping Apprentices and Journeyworkers Become "Financially Fluent"
— The International Foundation published an article in the September 2011 issue of
Benefits Magazine , stressing the importance of financial education for apprentices and journeyworkers. While the article references U.S.-based organizations, the information is also relevant to those in Canada. By Andrew Staab.
The Intricacies of Apprenticeship Training Fund Collections —Fiduciaries of apprenticeship training funds have a responsibility to see that contributions are collected. Tough economic times may make that more difficult and trustees need a comprehensive strategy with a variety of tools to ensure timely, effective collection efforts. From the June 2011 issue of Benefits Magazine . By Karen Sollars, CEBS.
The Training Trilogy: One Union, Three Experiments in Sustainability —This paper contains three innovative approaches that offer jointly-managed training trust funds ideas on how to adjust to a seemingly unpredictable future. For too long, union-affiliated training programs—especially, in the construction trades—have been accused of marginalizing select populations, not devising progressive recruitment strategies, and/or reacting to the effects of the global marketplace. The following three case studies move beyond the stereotypical apprenticeship training model by examining: 1) the power of relationships between labor, management, and the community; 2) the importance of holding stakeholders accountable; and 3) the significance of leading change in one's industry sector.
Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Results from a National Survey —This publication shares findings from a WSI-conducted survey of pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction trades. Based on responses from 260 programs nationwide, the report presents information about program size, services offered, populations served, funding sources, and successes and challenges in placing trainees in apprenticeships or jobs. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the impetus for the project was a desire to explore the capacity of the workforce system to prepare individuals—particularly low-income and minority jobseekers—for jobs in the construction industry. It is hoped that the report will contribute to discussions about the need for investment in skills training and about ways to ensure that apprenticeships and construction-related jobs are open to more low-income, minority and women candidates.
The Completion Behaviour of Registered Apprentices: Who Continues, Who Quits, and Who Completes Programs? —The number of registered apprentices in Canada more than doubled between 1995 and 2007, yet successful completion of apprenticeship programs increased by only one-third as much. Uncovering the factors related to low completion rates is a necessary first step to ensuring that today's skilled labour is replaced in the future. This study utilizes the 2007 National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS) to investigate the completion behaviour of individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs.
What's Working - Apprenticeship Financial Education — It's not uncommon for a fifth-year apprentice, now earning close to journeyman wages, to show up for work in a brand-new pickup truck. But apprentices often don't realize they may not be employed for the full year and that making monthly truck payments could become tough. By Chris Vogel, CEBS.
What's Working - Innovative Apprenticeship Training —In 2011, International Foundation staff wrote a
Benefits Magazine case study highlighting the innovative practices that the New Jersey Apprenticeship Training and Education Fund are using to overcome a series of challenges.
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Future Educational Offerings from the International Foundation
62nd Annual Employee Benefits Conference - Sunday, November 13 - Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL - Whether you are a trustee, an administrator or an advisor of pension or health and welfare funds, you can count on the Annual Conference to provide the education you need to properly support your employee benefit plans. Your one stop for all things employee benefits, the Annual Conference offers more than 100 educational sessions broken out into focused tracks with actionable solutions.
Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs - Monday, January 16 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, CA - The confluence of a looming skills shortage and an education system increasingly looking for alternative pathways to sustainable and secure employment is giving rise to apprenticeship programs as a win/win solution for students and employers. The Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs provides education on effective trust fund management and best practices in U.S. and Canadian apprenticeship programs. This premier conference will help create an effective apprenticeship program by discussing a variety of topics from recruitment and retention to adult learning and fiduciary responsibility.
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