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Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

Monday, January 15 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Hilton Americas-Houston, Houston, TX
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2018 Agenda​​​

  • ​How Technology Is Changing the Workforce
  • Discussion With Apprentices and Journeyworkers
  • Professional Development of Instructors
  • Importance of Promoting the Trades
  • Partnering With Community Colleges and Universities
  • Best Practices in Recruitment, Placement and Retention
  • Mentoring for Your Whole Organization
  • Finding and Fighting Fraud
  • U.S. Fiduciary, Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Canadian Fiduciary, Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Running Your Training Fund as a Business—Part 1
  • ​Workshop—Effective Use of Social Media
  • Running Your Training Fund as a Business—Part 2
  • Leadership Roles and Trust Fund Meetings
  • Barriers to Mobility
  • Insurance Options for Apprenticeship Programs
  • U.S. Open Forum
  • Canadian Open Forum
  • Cybersecurity
  • Investment Refresher
  • International Foundation Resources
  • How Technology Is Changing the Way We Teach and Learn

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

JohnTrendellOwnerTrendell Consulting, LLC

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.


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

Jeffrey C. Baldwin

BPA Financial Group Limited

​Susan Bird

The McAteer Group of Companies

Mark L. Johnson

Pittsburg State University

Rachel R. Parisi

Ledbetter Parisi, LLC

Joanna M. Pineda

CEO and Chief Troublemaker
Matrix Group International Inc.

Katie E. Spiker

Senior Federal Policy Analyst
National Skills Coalition

​Survey Results

As part of your registration you will receive a copy of the Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs survey. The latest survey will investigate life skills training initiatives, communication initiatives, partnerships with external stakeholders, and more. This will be a great guide to benchmarking your plan against others.

Do you serve an apprenticeship program? Share what your apprenticeship programs are doing. 

  Please respond by Friday, Decemember 15.

Preconference Information

Diversity Training—Foundations for an Effective Diverse Team

January 14, 2018 | 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Apprenticeship programs have increasingly become more diverse over the years. Make sure you have the tools needed to ensure your team is working and communicating properly among members of different backgrounds.

Learn more. Separate registration is required.

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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
  Member Nonmember

Through 12/4/2017 US $1,485.00 US $1,815.00
After 12/4/2017 US $1,785.00 US $2,115.00