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United States

Improving Apprenticeship Program Delivery

Research suggests that apprenticeship programs can better prepare apprentices for work by using a curriculum development model that focuses on teaching necessary skills, properly sequencing training and performance. The authors say benefits include individualized training and a system that evaluates behaviors and skills based on actual work environments.

Against Common Sense: The Expenses Putting Your Apprenticeship Program at Risk

Failing to properly evaluate apprenticeship program expenses such as the purchase of real estate can cause programs to run afoul of Department of Labor and ERISA regulations. 

Conversation with Joanna M. Pineda

"Using social media for your apprenticeship program is all about talking to your target audiences - and people who are new to a program are the absolute best people to be talking to," says Joann M. Pineda, chief executive offcier and chief troublemaker for Matrix Group International, Inc., in Arlington, Virginia. 

Building an Effective Online Strategy

A successful digital communications strategy can help employee benefit funds achieve organizational goals. The author offers tips for improving websites and communicating through social media and mobile apps. By Jillian Otten.

Recruiting Younger Apprentices: Three Vignettes, Three Approaches

The author profiles three efforts to build a pipeline from high schools to registered apprenticeship training programs and, eventually, careers in the trades. By by John S. Gaal, Ed.D.

Benefit Trends — Apprenticeship Trends

Already struggling to replace retiring tradespeople, apprenticeship programs expect recruiting and retaining apprentices to continue to be a challenge. However, these programs are engaged in a variety of key recruitment and retention initiatives and predict a positive hiring outlook in their industry in the next two years, according to a recent International Foundation survey. By Justin Held, CEBS

Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs — 2018 Survey Results

​This new report provides an up-to-date analysis of U.S and Canadian apprenticeship programs including the challenges faced by programs and apprentices, recruitment and retention initiatives, life skills training opportunities, program communication strategies and more.

Insuring Your Apprenticeship Fund

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. By Laverne Wingfield and Tina Fletcher.

Opportunities for Connecting Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students and Apprenticeship Programs

This report outlines key takeaways and recommendations for program design, program effectiveness, student-parent engagement and communications, financing, and equity and access. By Kate Blosveren Kreamer, Advance CTE, and Andrea Zimmermann, Advance CTE.

Running an Apprenticeship Fund Like a Business

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 in the soon-to-be-released International Foundation Trustee Handbook: A Guide to Labor-Management Employee Benefit Plans, Eighth Edition. By Andrew E. Staab

Leveraging Grants for Training Funds

Grants can be an important source of funding for registered apprenticeship programs. This article provides tips for applying for and managing grants and offers insight into the future of some federal grant programs. By Kent Hornberger.

New Requirements Aim to Increase Apprenticeship Diversity

The U.S. Department of Labor in December released final regulations that create new nondiscrimination
and affirmative action requirements for apprenticeship. By Jennifer E. Germaine

Redefining Instruction In Apprenticeship Training

The authors believe a relatively small adjustment in how instructors teach technical skills to apprentices might help apprentices reach proficiency more quickly and efficiently. By Mark L. Johnson, Ed.D., and Jeanea M. Lambeth, Ed.D.

Canada

A Behavioural Economics Approach to Recruitment in Skilled Construction Trades

A new report by Job Talks and Q.I. Value Systems Inc. contends that behavioural causes are a major contributor to the gap between the demand for skilled construction labour and its supply of young workers. A behavioural economics (BE) approach can improve the understanding of many of these recruitment issues, and help reinforce opportunities to attract new entrants to skilled construction work.

Retaining Employees in the Skilled Trades

As the demand grows for skilled labour throughout the GTA, this report provides a better understanding of issues facing workers in the residential and infrastructurerelated trades and recommends ways of retaining them. More than 400 construction industry workers across 10 categories participated in the study.

Innovative Apprenticeships Build and Sustain Careers

Apprenticeships, a proven path to middle- and high-skilled careers, should be built on the skills employers need and use effective mentoring, according to Nicholas Wyman.

Completion Counts: Raising Apprenticeship Completion Rates in Ontario’s Construction Industry

Apprenticeship completion rates continue to lag behind increases in construction employment and apprenticeship registrations. An Ontario Construction Secretariat study of apprenticeship in Ontario’s construction industry explored the role of joint union-employer partnerships in apprenticeship training and their impact on apprenticeship outcomes.

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.

Case Studies

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.

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. 

Training For Your Participants

Financial Tools for the Trades

An Online Financial Education Course for Apprentices

Building on the proven curriculum developed by Port Jobs, this online course is designed to help apprentices build a solid financial foundation. It points out questions to think about as they are getting started in their jobs, and in their lives in general, and provides tips that can be uses to prepare for the future.

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Educational Opportunities

Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

January 20-22, 2020 – Rancho Mirage, CA

The skills shortage and need for alternative pathways to sustainable employment is giving rise to apprenticeship programs in North America. The Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs provides education on effective trust fund management and best practices in the United States and Canadian apprenticeship programs. This conference covers topics from recruitment and retention to adult learning and fiduciary responsibility. Receive clarity on the complex issues surrounding an effective apprenticeship program.

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Educational Opportunities

Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

January 14 - 16, 2019 - Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami, FL

The skills shortage and need for alternative pathways to sustainable employment is giving rise to apprenticeship programs in North America. The Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs provides education on effective trust fund management and best practices in the United States and Canadian apprenticeship programs. This conference covers topics from recruitment and retention to adult learning and fiduciary responsibility. Receive clarity on the complex issues surrounding an effective apprenticeship program.

Register Today

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