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Foundation Publication Search Results

These summaries were compiled from Foundation Publications Search, a database of articles, research reports and books published by the International Foundation and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.


Conversation with Joanna M. Pineda.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 12-13 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Joanna Pineda of Matrix Group International, Inc. discussed creating social media goals, strategies and editorial calendars for apprenticeship programs.
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A Model for Recruiting Apprentices at the High School Level.
Skivsky, Sandra; Plans & Trusts; v36 no3 pp 10-15 May/Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Changing demographics compounded by evolving codes, standards and legislative requirements in the construction industry heighten the need for a skilled, trained, labour force. At a high school in Windsor, Ontario, the Ontario Masonry Contractors' Association teamed with high school, college and industry players to create an innovative masonry program that could seve as a model for other trades and provinces.
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Benefit Trends: Apprenticeship Trends.
Held, Justin M.; Plans & Trusts; v36 no2 pp 7-9 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : "Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs: 2018 Survey Results" examines the challenges faced by programs and apprentices, recruitment and retention initiatives, life skills initiatives (including financial literacy) program communication strategies and instructor quality initiatives.
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Benefit Trends: Apprenticeship Trends.
Held, Justin M.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no3 pp 8-10 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The International Foundation survey "Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs: 2018 Survey Results" examines the challenges, recruitment, retention, communication strategies and instructor quality initiatives of programs and apprentices.
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Conversation with Joanna M. Pineda.
Plans & Trusts; v36 no2 pp 24-25 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Joanna Pineda, CEO of Matrix Group International, Inc., discusses using social media for apprenticeship programs.
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Quick Look: Apprenticeship Trends.
Plans & Trusts; v36 no2 p 10 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Replacing retiring tradespeople was identified as the top challenge by apprenticeship program representatives in the International Foundation survey "Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs: 2018 Survey Results."
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Recruiting Younger Apprentices: Three Vignettes, Three Approaches.
Gaal, John S.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no3 pp 30-35 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The author profiles three efforts to build a pipeline from high schools to registered apprenticeship training programs and, eventually, careers in the trades.
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Insuring Your Apprenticeship Fund.
Fletcher, Christine; Wingfield, Laverne; Benefits Magazine; v55 no 2 pp 30-36 Feb 2018; journal article

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Abstract : As providers of benefits and training to apprentices, joint apprenticeship training committees (JATCs) and joint apprenticeship training funds (JATFs) have specific insurance needs that should be reviewed.
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Quick Look: Apprenticeship Trends.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no3 p 12 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Illustrates key findings in the International Foundation report "Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs: 2018 Survey Results."
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Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs: 2018 Survey Results.
Dougherty, Teri; Held, Justin; 40 pp 2018; survey

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Abstract : Based on a survey of training funds in a number of industries across the U.S and Canada, provides an up-to-date analysis of apprenticeship programs, including the unique challenges they face and their expanding recruitment and retention initiatives.
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Running an Apprenticeship Fund Like A Business.
Staab, Andrew E.; Benefits Magazine; v54 no7 pp 42-47 Jul 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Administering an apprenticeship fund can be complex, requiring funds to follow not only good educational administration practices but also good business practices. This article is excerpted from a chapter "Trustee Handbook: A Guide to Labor-Management Employee Benefit Plans," eighth edition, published by the International Foundation.
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Leveraging Grants for Training Funds.
Hornberger, Kent; Benefits Magazine; v54 no6 pp 24-29 Jun 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Grants can be an important source of funding for registered apprecticeship programs. This article provides tips for applying for and managing grants and offers insight into the future of some federal grant programs.
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New Requirements Aim to Increase Apprenticeship Diversity.
Germaine, Jennifer E.; Benefits Magazine; v54 no4 pp 24-29 Apr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. Department of Labor in December 2016 released final regulations that revise nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements for apprenticeship programs.
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Redefining Instruction in Appenticeship Training.
Johnson, Mark L.; Lambeth, Jeanea M.; Benefits Magazine; v54 no1 pp 42-47 Jan 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The authors believe a relatively small adjustment in how instructors teach technical skills to apprentices might help apprentices reach proficiency more quickly and efficiently.
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Redefining Instruction in Apprenticeship Training.
Johnson, Mark L.; Lambeth, Jenea M.; Plans & Trusts; v35 no1 pp 14-18 Jan-Feb 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The authors believe a relatively small adjustment in how instructors teach technical skills to apprentices might help apprentices reach proficiency more quickly and efficiently.
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Trustee Handbook: A Guide to Labor-Management Employee Benefit Plans.
Beebe, Lawrence R.; 529 pp 8th ed.; book

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Abstract : A reference tool for trustees, administrators and others who serve multiemployer benefit plans, this book includes a collection of practical articles covering fiduciary responsibility, plan design and financing, plan administration, liability insurance, actuarial considerations, accounting, investment management and much more. Additional topics include: educational policies and reimbursement of plan expenses; using committees effectively; running an apprenticeship program like a business; and using social media as a communications tool.
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Benefit Trends: Apprenticeship Programs Outlook Positive Despite Challanges.
Held, Justin; Benefits Magazine; v53 no2 pp 8-9 Feb 2016; journal article

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Abstract : Although the economy is seen as the major challenge for a majority of U.S. and Canadian apprenticeship programs, funds also are concerned about a shortage of skilled candidates, a lack of potential funding sources and external competition from both union and nonunion environments.
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Quick Look: Trends in Apprenticeship Programs.
Benefits Magazine; v53 no2 p10 Feb 2016; journal article

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Abstract : Representatives of apprenticeship and training programs generally are optimistic about the hiring outlook for their industries, although they predict challenges in recruiting and retaining apprentices, according to "Top Trends in Jointly Managed Apprenticeship Programs: 2016 Survey Results."
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Economy, Skills Shortage Challenge Apprenticeship Programs.
Held, Justin; Plans & Trusts; v34 no1 pp 20-21 Jan-Feb 2016; journal article

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Abstract : Although the economy is seen as the major challenge for a majority of U.S. and Canadian apprenticeship programs, funds also are concerned about a shortage of skilled candidates, a lack of potential funding sources and external competition from both union and nonunion environments.
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Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs: 2016 Survey Results.
International Foundation; 35 pp 2016; survey

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Abstract : Apprenticeship programs in the U.S. and Canada are starting to offer more than just extensive skill instruction as part of training. Nearly 60 percent of apprenticeship programs are looking beyond the job title of electrician, carpenter, plumber or construction craft laboror, and offering life skills training as part of the apprenticeship curriculum, with an additional 20 percent considering adding the training.
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Innovative Apprenticeships Build and Sustain Careers.
Wyman, Nicholas; Plans & Trusts; v33 no6 pp 6-11 Nov-Dec 2015; journal article

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Abstract : Since 2000 registered apprenticeship programs in Canada have swelled, driven by workforce turnover and government incentives. Apprenticeships help build skills and competence needed to replace retiring workers, providing pay during the learning phase. They are well established as an educational and employment path in competitive European countries where stakeholders collaborate to provide classroom learning, on-the-job training and mentoring. Keys to success for an apprenticeship program are onsite work, mentoring and vertical integration of within an organization. Additional important elements are commitment by the program and apprentices, good pay and advancement opportunities, partnership with educational institutions and personalized coaching.
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Launching a Mentored Apprenticeship Model: How and Why.
Wyman, Nicholas; Benefits Magazine; v52 no11 pp 36-40 Nov 2015; journal article

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Abstract : While apprenticeships yield successful and well-paid employment for participants and a strong return on investment for the national economy, the learning model has been little used relative to other countries. Progressive multiyear apprenticeships can provide a solution for the rising shortage of workers in certain high-growth sectors, building a diverse and permanent workforce. With academic study, on-the-job training and mentoring, tiered apprenticeships provide a career ladder that engages workers as they grow into leadership and management levels. Components of other countries' programs can be adopted in the U.S., supporting both apprentices and mentors. Programs should be built on long-term commitment and investment, good pay and advancement, reasonable time commitment by apprentices, mentor relationships, partnerships with local educational institutions and providing value for participating companies.
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Laws Prohibiting Discrimination [sic] Employment or Training.
Kennedy, Richard T.; Vater, Joseph A., Jr.; Benefits Magazine; v52 no7 pp 8-9 Jul 2015; journal article

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Abstract : Trustees of plans offering apprenticeship and training programs must be aware of federal, state and local laws protecting employees and trainees from discrimination. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to require equal pay regardless of gender for work involving the same skills and responsibilities under comparable working conditions for a given company. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 bans discrimination based on an individual's being age 40 or older, whether an employee, trainee or candidate. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin is prohibited, as are racial, religious, ethnic and sexual harassment in the workplace. Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects those with a physical or mental impairment. Its provisions extend to physical access to buildings used for work or training. The DOL has further regulations on equal employment opportunities applicable to recruiting and training prospective employees. The Family and Medical Leave Act and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act also apply to employee groups of sufficient size.
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What's Working Training At-Risk Youth.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Plans & Trusts; v33 no4 pp 4-6 Jul 2015; journal article

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Abstract : The Hammer Heads employment program is a 12-week course sponsored by the Central Ontario Building Trades. This program gives at-risk youth job training for a wide variety of construction trades, and graduates usually come out of the program with apprenticeships and job offers. Hammer Heads boasts a success rate of 88 to 100 percent, and employers who hire these graduates find them to be the best of the team. To be eligible, potential students must be referred by a job coach or social worker and must have completed Grade 10 math, English and science.
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Conversation With Randi Weingarten.
Vogel, Chris; Benefits Magazine; v52 no1 p 10 Jan 2015; journal article

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Abstract : Multiemployer and public employee pension funds can play an important role in funding infrastructure projects that put construction workers back to work, according to Randi Weingarten, president since 2008 of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO.
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