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MEATA 2016 Fall Drive-In

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MEATA Fall Drive-In

In Partnership with MI-AIM

November 17, 2016


Oakland Community College's

Auburn Hills Campus

(2900 Featherstone Rd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326)

Don’t miss MEATA's 2016 Fall Drive-In to be held on November 17, 2016 (during National Apprenticeship Week!) on the Auburn Hills Campus of Oakland Community College.

Details and agenda are being finalized, but here are a few details:

  • MEATA is partnering with Michigan's Workforce Development Agency's MI-AIM (Apprenticeships, Internships, Mentoring) staff on the event
  • Registration will open at 7:30 am, with breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30
  • Sessions will tentatively run from 8:30 to 11:30, followed by lunch and tours

Registration is now open at the low rate of just $30 to attend, so Sign Up Today!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 07:29

NSC Releases Toolkits to Help States Create Policies to Bridge the Skills Gap

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NSC Skills Equity ToolkitsThe National Skills Coalition (NSC) has created a series of toolkits to help states develop a range of policies designed to bridge their skills gap, help people train for in-demand occupations, and help businesses find the skilled workers they need to succeed.

The toolkits are part of NSC’s skills equity agenda – an effort to advance state policies that expand access to middle-skill training through policies on job-driven financial aid, SNAP E&T, stackable credentials, alignment, integrated education and training, and TANF E&T.

Read more and download the toolkits on NSC's Skills Blog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:02

Automation Alley: How to develop a strong next-generation manufacturing workforce

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An Oct. 5, 2016, article published by Automation Alley offers "some practical best practices for accomplishing this vital goal of refreshing the skills and knowledge base of your organization." Included are tips for engaging and developing Millenials and Gen-Xers, as well as recommendations to "rethink how you bring new employees up to speed in your organization."

The aticle points out that 90 percent of Millenials will leave a job in less than three years and credits this to their "intent on tackling new challenges." This trait, the article posits, is "good news for manufacturers, who must continually innovate."

Read the entire article at Automation Alley's website.


MEATA/MASCI 2016 Conference Docs Posted!

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The conference is over, but the learning and connecting/networking continues!

We've posted downloadable copies of the presentations and related documents in our Documents area. Please note that there are multiple pages of document listings, since there's a total of 30 files in the collection.

If you attended the conference, we also hope you'll take a couple of minutes out of your busy schedule to evaluate the conference via a brief online survey.

Thanks to all of the presenters and attendees for another great conference!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:55

What if the "skills gap" is actually a "values gap"?

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Jen Guarino, a VP at Detroit-based Shinola, recently appeared on Michigan Radio's Stateside with Cynthia Canty program to discuss how to get more young people into skilled trades.

In an associated article on Michgan Radio's website, Guarino explores the notion that the "skills gap" in America is, in fact, a "values gap"...and how it can be overcome. In the article, she observes:

"At some point in our nation’s history, we stopped considering skilled trades viable, credible and honorable career options. We stigmatized them so much that we created a lack of interest and an overall devaluation of the trades in education, industry and society at large."

To read the full article and listen to the Stateside program, click here.




Forbes: Why We Need to Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools

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Forbes recently published an article titled "Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools".

The article concludes, among other things, that "The demise of vocational education at the high school level has bred a skills shortage in manufacturing today, and with it a wealth of career opportunities for both under-employed college grads and high school students looking for direct pathways to interesting, lucrative careers. Many of the jobs in manufacturing are attainable through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and vocational programs offered at community colleges."

Read the complete article here.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:53

Michigan Receives ApprenticeshipUSA Accelerator Grant

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June 2, 2016 -- Today the Department of Labor announced the award of $10.4 million in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants to help expand and diversify registered apprenticeship programs nationwide. These grants are part of ApprenticeshipUSA, the department’s coordinated effort with industry and education leaders, nonprofits, and local governments to highlight the benefits of apprenticeship and expand the use of this time-tested, earn-while-you-learn model.  Awards were made to 51 states and territories and the District of Columbia. 

These accelerator grants will help states develop a strategic plan and build partnerships for apprenticeship expansion and diversification with State education, workforce and economic development systems.  States will also receive support to develop strategic plans for encouraging businesses to launch Registered Apprenticeship programs in high-demand industries including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, IT, construction, and transportation.

These investments are part of a historic bipartisan Congressional effort to appropriate funds specifically for apprenticeship for the first time, and align with President Obama’s bold challenge to double and diversify the number of apprenticeships by 2019

Each Accelerator grant of $200,000 will allow states, including Michigan, to develop a strategic plan and build partnerships for apprenticeship expansion and diversification with state education, workforce and economic development systems.

In addition, in the coming weeks, the department will announce the availability of an additional $50 million in State Expansion Grants for those looking to expand their capacity to collaborate with employers and start new apprenticeship programs across diverse industries and communities.

Both of these ApprenticeshipUSA State Grants are designed to help states plan and implement strategic state strategies to expand Registered Apprenticeship across the country.  Grantees will utilize the grants to help state governments integrate apprenticeship into their education and workforce systems; engage industry and other partners at scale to expand apprenticeship to new sectors and new populations; support state capacity to conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs; provide support to promote greater inclusion and diversity in apprenticeship, and implement state innovations, incentives and system reforms. By investing in state strategies for growing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, these funds will help strengthen the foundation for the rapid and sustained expansion of quality apprenticeship nationwide.

For more information on this funding announcement please see the links below:

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 12:07
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MEATA/MI-AIM 2016 Fall Drive-In Conference
Begin: 11-17-2016, 07:30
End: 11-17-2016, 15:00
Location: Student Center, Room G-240, Oakland Community College, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
A day packed with valuable apprenticeship information! Registration opens at 7:30 am, followed by breakfast and sessions hosted by MEATA and the State of Michigan’s MI-AIM team. The day wraps up with tours of OCC’s new HURCO CNC lab and one or more area manufacturers (locations TBD).

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Apprenticeship Trivia

The concept of a "graduated wage scale" (where apprentices earned increased wages as they progressed) first appeared after the American Civil War. An 1865 indenture used by the Pennsylvania Railroad provides one of the first examples. It provided 50 cents for a 10-hour day in the first 620 days of training, 60 cents a day in the next 310 days, and 80 cents a day for the balance of the apprenticeship term. A bonus of $124 was paid if and when the apprentice completed training.