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DOL offers $100M in grants to expand apprenticeship in high-skilled, high-growth industries

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December 11, 2014 - Today, the Secretary of Labor announced the long-awaited funding opportunity for the American Apprenticeship grants at a visit to the Urban Technology Projectin Philadelphia. On April 16, 2014, the President and Vice President first announced that new federal investments would be made available to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. This is the single largest Federal investment in apprenticeship history and will serve as a catalyst to "sale and scale" the apprenticeship model as an innovative workforce strategy that is relevant to a number of different industries.

The Department of Labor is making $100 million in existing H-1B funds available for the American Apprenticeship Grants to help more workers participate in apprenticeships. These grants will support public-private partnerships that promote the expansion of quality and innovative Registered Apprenticeship programs.  They will help start efforts to meet the needs of business and expand career opportunities for workers, women, underrepresented populations and young men and women of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Here are links to additional background information on the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and instructions on how to apply for these grant funds:

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:09
 

DOL Releases New Apprenticeship Quick Start Toolkit

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The U.S. Dept. of Labor has released a slick new Quick Start Toolkit that provides helpful guidance, steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program. The toolkit covers everything from exploring the apprenticeship model as a workforce strategy to launching a new program. Whether you’re a business, labor organization, industry association, community college, or a community-based or service organization, this toolkit will help you:

  • Explore apprenticeship as a strategy to meet your needs for skilled workers
  • Partner with key players in your region to develop an apprenticeship
  • Build the core components of your apprenticeship program
  • Register your program to become part of the national Registered Apprenticeship network
  • Launch your new Registered Apprenticeship

Check out the toolkit at www.doleta.gov/oa/employers/apprenticeship_toolkit.pdf.

 

Free Press Article Touts Positives of Apprenticeship

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An Oct. 6 article in the Detroit Free Press titled "Experts: Apprenticeship degree can land in-demand job" concludes the following:

  • "Middle Skill" jobs have been tough to fill in Michigan and demand for such workers will keep growing
  • Many good-paying jobs require training but not a four-year degree
  • A Bachelor's degree is no longer viewed as job seeker's holy grail
  • Apprentice programs making a comeback

To read the entire article, click here.

 

$1.9M in grants to support women in nontraditional occupations announced by U.S. Labor Department

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a total of $1,938,182 in grants to help women through the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program, an initiative designed to recruit, train and retain women in high-skill occupations in advanced manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction, information technology and other industries.

"Creating opportunities for women to gain the training and experience needed to compete for skilled jobs is critical to our nation's future," said Portia Wu, assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. "The federal funding announced today will go to organizations that are working to break down barriers for women in nontraditional fields and will help them enter Registered Apprenticeship programs that lead to long-term employment and middle class wages."

Grantees will use the funds awarded today to develop Regional Multi-State Technical Assistance Resource Centers that will support women entering into nontraditional occupations. Services will include:

  • the development of connections between the centers and pre-apprenticeship programs in their area to prepare women for Registered Apprenticeship programs;
  • orientations on creating a successful environment for women in apprenticeship; and
  • assistance in the form of child care, transportation, support groups and other efforts to remove barriers to women.

The grants are jointly administered by the department's Women's Bureau and its Office of Apprenticeship. For information about the department's range of employment and training programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov.

Editor's note: A list of grantees, their locations and award amounts follows this news release.

Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grants

Grantee

City

State

Funding Amount

Chicago Women in Trades

Chicago

Ill.

$642,686

Nontraditional Employment for Women

New York

N.Y.

$647,748

Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.

Portland

Ore.

$647,748

Total = $1,938,182

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 11:38
 

Save the Date: Spring Conference May 20-22. 2015

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MEATA Save the Date Spring 2015

Are you able to attend? Interested in receiving info on MEATA events and activities? Either way, please take this Quick Survey to let us know!

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 14:57
 

WSJ Article: Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo

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Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo

Federal, State Governments Push Apprentice Programs, but Find Few Domestic Takers
By Sven Böll 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—The Obama administration and governors from Michigan to North Carolina have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector's woes: German-style apprenticeship programs.

But their success is proving to be unusually one-sided, mostly drawing firms based in Germany and other non-U.S. countries. In North Carolina, "Apprenticeship 2000," a program combining classroom work and on-the-job training, has drawn numerous German companies but so far only two U.S. firms, Ameritech Die & Mold Inc. and Timken Co.

In Michigan, where Republican Gov. Rick Snyder promised last year to "Americanize" the German model in his state, almost three-fourths of the participants are firms based overseas, mostly in Germany.

Read the entire article from The Wall Street Journal.

 
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Apprenticeship Trivia

In 1937, Congress passed the National Apprenticeship Law, aka the Fitzgerald Act, "to promote the furtherance of labor standards of apprenticeship." Via this Act, the Apprentice-Training Service (ATS) was established within the Department of Labor to carry out the objectives of the law. The ATS was later renamed the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT) and is, as of this writing, the Office of Apprenticeship under the US. Dept. of Labor's Employment and Training Administration division.