National Apprenticeship Week 2019
November 11 – 17, 2019
Thousands of Career Seekers, Sponsors and Stakeholders across the country are committed to sponsor, host and attend events in their city in support of National Apprenticeship week.
Facts about Apprenticeship
· More than 150,000 employers and labor management organizations benefit from apprenticeships.
· FACT: There are over 545,000 apprentices nationwide in more than 1,000 occupations.
· FACT: Nearly 9/10 apprentices are employed after completing their apprenticeship. Average starting salary: $60K+/year.
· FACT: Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn $300,000 more over a career than their peers who don’t.
· FACT: Apprentices earn while they learn, reducing their need to take on debt.
· For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get approximately $1.50 ROI.
ABOUT NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK
National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is an invitation to business and industry, education, career seekers, community based organizations, students, and workers to learn about the real world advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model. Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on the job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce.
The results are in for MEATA's 2019 election! Every officer position was on the ballot for this election, which officially closed at 11:59 pm on Friday, June 7th. All of the votes have been tabulated and here are the winners:
Apprenticeship Manager, Focus: HOPE
|Vice President:||Annette Norris
Education Manager, GoEngineer
Pre-Apprenticeship Liaison, Kent ISD Career Technical Center
Grand Rapids, MI
Manufacturing Instructor, Schoolcraft College
Apprenticeship Specialist, MI TIA-Workforce Development
|Business/Labor Rep:||Jamal Al
Career Connection Specialist, MI Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
|K-12 Rep:||Deb Schultz
Career/Success Coach, Orchard View High School
Congrats to MEATA's new leadership team and thanks to all of the MEATA members who cast their ballots.
Theme: Trailblazing New Apprenticeship Models
May 21-24, 2019
GVSU's L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids MI
The 2019 MEATA Spring Apprenticeship Conference is over. We dug into the details of offering non-traditional apprenticeships in Health, IT, Public Services, and more while maintaining the high standards set in traditional manufacturing and construction apprenticeships. The conference offered opportunities, ideas and strategies, while being realistic about the obstacles that are faced by these new models. Attendees heard about new programs, prospects, and success stories to fuel their inspiration and learn about exciting work in the apprenticeship arena.
Session topics included:
...and LOTS more!
PDF versions of many of the presentations given at the conference can be downloaded here!
Gaston College in North Carolina now offers the first college or university-sponsored apprenticeship program in the United States approved by the US Department of Labor. The Apprenticeship 321 program is now working with 15 employers in manufacturing and healthcare. Career pathways include paramedic medicine and nursing assistant along with machine operator and industrial electrician.
Read the full article from the Charlotte Business Journal.
The US Department of Labor and the non-profit Project Lead The Way (PLTW) have partnered to launch a pilot youth apprenticeship program in engineering. Kicking off in Charleston, SC, the pilot offers two pathways to meet the needs of students with different career goals. One pathway is referred to as an Engineering Assistant program and is geared toward students who plan to ultimately pursue a four-year engineering degree. The other pathway is referred to as an Engineering Technician program, which is designed for students who prefer an apprenticeship experience that is more hands-on and have the goal to get an associate degree and start their career earlier.
Read the full article here!
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has launched a web resource devoted to High School Apprenticeship that includes the DOL's first High School Apprenticeship Toolkit. This webpage contains a wealth of resources for secondary and postsecondary institutions, workforce development practitioners, school counselors, teachers, parents, and more.
The toolkit includes:
Click the following link to access the webpage/toolkit: www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/high-school.
MEATA's 2018 Fall Drive-In Conference took place on Friday, Nov. 9th, at Lansing Community College's West Campus. The conference theme was "From the Classroom to Career: Michigan Pathways to Apprenticeship" and sessions included:
Attendees also had an opportunity to tour LCC's Center for Manufacturing Excellence.
Copies of the presentations are available here.