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Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

Monday, January 22 - Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Mirage Las Vegas,
Las Vegas, NV

The Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs provides education on effective trust fund management and best practices in United States and Canadian apprenticeship programs. This conference will address the current and relevant issues that are impacting your program, providing the clarity you need to plan for the future. Join your peers in Las Vegas to learn from experts and share ideas, opportunities and lessons learned so you return with actionable plans to implement.

Work in construction? The Construction Industry Benefit Conference is being offered on January 25-26, 2024 immediately after the Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs. Extend your stay, expand your knowledge and save US$400 by registering for both programs when using code CONSTRUCT400.

Topics/Agenda

Handout Dates: January 16 - March 24, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Creating the Next Generation of Leaders

As the workforce evolves into the future, what will training the next generation of leaders look like? This session will address best practices in creating the next generation of leaders, including:

  • How do we create leaders others want to follow?
  • What makes leaders more effective and stable?
  • Important leadership skills for the future
  • Best practices in investing in leadership training to support your future leaders.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

U.S. Legal and Regulatory Update

This session will provide updates on:

  • DOL Office of Apprenticeship
  • President’s Council on Apprenticeship
  • EBSA initiatives

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Canadian Legal and Legislative Update

This session will provide updates on:

  • Federal Apprenticeship Service
  • Skilled Trades Ontario
  • Skilled Trades British Columbia
  • Alberta Skilled Trades Act.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Best Practices to Support Your Apprentices

Supporting apprentices in today’s environment requires intentional leadership and engagement. This session will consider opportunities and best practices to support your apprentices on the jobsite, in the classroom and out of the classroom. Topics include:

  • Academic advising
  • Mentoring
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Neurodivergent apprentices
  • Professionalism and soft skills
  • Benefits and financial education
  • Navigating challenges.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use

This session will help you focus on best practices for addressing mental health and substance use in your program. Topics include:

  • Identifying and responding to mental health issues
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Resources
  • Substance use issues—Alcohol, marijuana, opioids.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Nuts and Bolts of Grant Funding

New initiatives and growth in many apprenticeship programs are made possible through funding provided by grants. This session will help you identify where to find grant funding and provide an overview of how grants operate. Topics include:

  • Legislated grant opportunities
  • Other grant sources
  • Applying for grant funding
  • Reporting and oversight
  • Challenges and best practices.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Having Difficult Conversations

Successfully navigating sensitive topics and difficult conversations can help you avoid many problems and situations. This session will focus on preparing you to deal with difficult conversations, whether they are related to discipline, accountability, personal issues, mental health or any number of interactions you have on a daily basis in your professional life. Take away strategies that help you defuse the situation and focus on positive interactions.

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Introduction to Fiduciary Responsibility in the U.S.

Managing a trust fund comes with enormous responsibility. This introductory session is for those new to their role. Learn about fiduciary responsibility, why it is so important and what it means to you. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Legal structure of training funds
  • What is a fiduciary and why do we have them?
  • Who is a fiduciary?
  • What are the responsibilities of a fiduciary?
  • Prohibited transactions
  • The two-hat dilemma
  • Best practices.

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Introduction to Fiduciary Responsibility in Canada

Managing a trust fund comes with enormous responsibility. This introductory session is for those new to their role. Learn about fiduciary responsibility, why it is so important and what it means to you. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Who a fiduciary is and what fiduciary responsibilities and obligations are
  • Legal framework and governance
  • The two-hat rule and prohibited transactions
  • Common fiduciary challenges for trustees of apprenticeship programs
  • Best practices.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Advanced Fiduciary Responsibility

This session will dive deeper into the area of fiduciary responsibility and address:

  • Unique apprenticeship issues
  • Legal cases and lessons learned
  • Succession planning
  • Managing your professionals
  • Appointing authority role and responsibilities
  • Best practices for oversight.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Cybersecurity—Don’t Become the Victim of a Hack

You have plenty of data to protect, from trust fund information to student records. Be proactive in looking at your vulnerability to a cyberattack. This session will cover:

  • DOL guidance
  • Assessment and penetration testing
  • Dealing with a breach
  • Insurance coverage and claims
  • Basic things to do to protect yourself
  • Internal controls.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Financial Management Tools

Designed for training directors and coordinators, this session will focus on the tools you have to manage the business side of your apprenticeship program, including:

  • Accounting and budgeting
  • Cost tracking
  • Dashboards
  • Leveraging plan professionals and other resources.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Making the Case for a Career in the Trades

The need for skilled labor combined with the rising cost of higher education creates a great opportunity to recruit the next generation of skilled workers. But cutting through the stigma associated with work in the trades continues to be a challenge. This session will address:

  • Value proposition
  • Targeting outreach to educators, parents, students, employers
  • Messaging
  • Measuring happiness/purpose.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

The Business Side of Your Apprenticeship Program

This session will look at the business side of your apprenticeship program for trustees, directors and others who have a role in oversight and management of your apprenticeship program. Topics include:

  • Financial statements
  • High-level oversight
  • Internal controls
  • Fraud and abuse.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Supporting Women and LGBTQ Apprentices

Supporting women and LGBTQ apprentices in the classroom and on the jobsite requires an understanding of the issues and a commitment to inclusion. This session will cover:

  • Understanding the unique needs of the LGBTQ community
  • What you can and cannot do
  • Special considerations for survivors of gender-based violence and harassment
  • Creating welcoming environments for women.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor Quality

For most learners, their instructors play a major role in success or failure. Every program should be committed to instructor quality so they have the best teachers training the next generation of skilled workers. This session will cover:

  • Finding the next generation of instructors
  • Best practices in technical training
  • Honing your teaching skills
  • Continuing professional education both in your industry and as a teacher
  • Mentoring
  • Intangible qualities of great instructors.

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

U.S. Guided Open Forum

An open discussion of U.S. issues that are relevant to training trust funds, this session will provide a forum to address the most pressing issues that trustees, administrators, coordinators, instructors and directors grapple with in the current environment.

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Canadian Guided Open Forum

An open discussion of Canadian issues that are relevant to training trust funds, this session will provide a forum to address the most pressing issues that trustees, administrators, coordinators, instructors and directors grapple with in the current environment.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Spotlight on NABTU Apprenticeship Initiatives

This session will provide an overview of the apprenticeship initiatives at NABTU, including:

  • Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3)
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the construction trades
  • Pathway programs.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Artificial Intelligence—Challenges and Opportunities

Close out your conference experience immersed in a discussion around artificial intelligence (AI). This session will consider how AI is impacting the economy, consumers, the job market and your industry. With a focus on the opportunities and challenges AI presents, take away ideas to explore, policies to consider and consequences to look out for as this technology continues to expand.

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
  • Administrative staff
  • Training directors, coordinators and instructors
  • Plan professionals
  • Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) members
  • Workforce development professionals and intermediaries
  • Public employees and others who provide services to training and education funds.

Speakers

“This conference can save your trust from making mistakes that can cost large amounts of money and time. By far the most valuable conference I attend each year to avoid mistakes and reduce risks.”

Ryan Bradt

IBEW/NECA JATC

Pricing

Until April 4, 2024

$1,695.00

US Member

$2,025.00

US Non-member

After April 4, 2024

$1,995.00

US Member

$2,325.00

US Non-member

Work in Construction?
The Construction Industry Benefit Conference is being offered on January 25-26, 2024 immediately after the Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs. Extend your stay, expand your knowledge and save US$400 by registering for both programs when using code CONSTRUCT400.

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