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Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

Monday, January 16 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, CA
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​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.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn best practices in the management of your fund and running your training program.
  • Understand legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Identify ideas and opportunities by networking with peers who face similar challenges.
  • Receive valuable written resource materials.

Who Should Attend

The Institute is designed specifically to the needs and interests of stakeholders involved in training and education funds in both the United States and Canada: trustees, training trust fund members, union/employer association representatives, administrative staff, training directors, coordinators, instructors, plan professionals, Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) members, public employees and others who provide services to training and education funds.

“I was very impressed with the strength of content at this conference. I now look at my trustee responsibilities much more seriously.”

John TrendellOwnerTrendell Consulting, LLC

2017 Topics/Agenda​​​

These sessions have been developed by subject matter experts to deepen your knowledge of apprenticeships and the benefits industry.

  • ​The Impact of Changing Demographics
  • Best Practices in Apprentice Recruitment
  • Best Practices in Job Training and Apprenticeship Retention
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities in U.S. Apprenticeship Plans
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities in Canadian Apprenticeship Plans
  • Running Your U.S. Training Fund as a Business
  • Running Your Canadian Training Fund as a Business
  • Instructor Quality Initiatives
  • U.S. Legal and Legislative Update
  • Partnerships
  • DOL Audits of Apprenticeship Programs
  • Reaching Culturally Diverse and Underserved Populations
  • Accreditation Initiatives
  • Role of the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program in the Skilled Trades
  • Apprentice Life Skills Training
  • U.S. Guided Open Forum on Training Topics
  • Canadian Guided Open Forum on Training Topics
  • Branding Your Apprenticeship Program
  • Technological Advancements in Apprenticeship Programs


Below are a few of the speakers that will be presenting. View the brochure for a full list of sessions and speakers.

Lawrence R. Beebe, CPA

Bond Beebe, Accountants and Advisors

​Paul O. Catenacci

Novara Tesija, P.L.L.C.

David DeLong

Smart Workforce Strategies

Tara Fong

Manager Canada Job Fund Programs
Industry Training Authority

John McNerney

General Counsel; Executive Director of Government and Labor Relations
Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc.

Sean W. Strickland

Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)

​Preconference Information

Closing the Skills Gap With Competency-Based Training

January 15, 2017
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Occupational training programs should be designed to close the skills gap by effectively preparing learners for work. Successful programs align curriculum to meet employers’ needs and produce learners who can successfully perform within the occupation.

This one-day, interactive preconference workshop is designed to teach you a proven, step-by-step, competency-based training system that effectively and quickly prepares learners for work. Developed for new and seasoned training professionals, this workshop will prepare you to design training specifically connected to successful on-the-job performance. The program content is based upon occupational training pioneer Robert Adams’, DACUM system (Develop A CUrriculuM). Attendees will leave knowing how to determine required competencies and skills of an occupation as well as the level of performance required by employers.



R. Lance Hogan, Ph.D.Professor
Eastern Illinois University
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences School of Technology

Luke J. Steinke,Ph.D.Associate ProfessorProgram CoordinatorEastern Illinois UniversityLumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences School of Technology

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Continuing Education

Programs sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are consistently accepted for credit by agencies governing continuing education for license renewal and professional recertification.

For additional information, visit our continuing education (CE) web page or contact us by phone at (262) 786-6710, option 2.

Educational sessions at this program may qualify for CEBS continuing professional education (CPE) credit.
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Registration Information

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Registration Information
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Through 12/5/2016 US $1,445.00 US $1,775.00
After 12/5/2016 US $1,745.00 US $2,075.00