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$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
 

Manufacturing Workforce Development Playbook Released

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Keith Campbell, former Director of Automation for The Hershey Co., has compiled a resource guide for "preparing for the manufacturing renaissance in America." In each chapter, a guest author tackles issues related to career pathways, training and college credit, industry credentials, veterans and more. Campbell sums the Playbook up best:

Playbook CoverThere are at least three constituencies that need to be involved to solve the workforce development crisis in America: industry itself, the education system, and government through its national, state, and regional workforce and economic development boards. And we can’t forget the most important constituents, the customers--those workers, students, and parents of students who must navigate the choices made available to them for their best advantage.

After spending 30 years in industry and 10 years working with educators and workforce development practitioners, I can guarantee you that the rules that these groups play by are VERY different. That is not to say that any of them are bad, just different. If we are to solve this problem, each group must work to understand the other and then join together to effect change. Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.

That is why this Playbook has been prepared, first to facilitate communication and understanding and then to solve the problem.

Download a copy of the Playbook!

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 12:13
 

High school curriculum changes loosening algebra requirement signed into law on June 25

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LANSING -- High schools will better prepare some students for a career after graduation, according to supporters of a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today that allow technical education classes to be substituted for Algebra II.

The changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum allow for career and technical education courses to substitute for the second algebra class requirement if those courses incorporate the algebra material. Students will also get more information on how to use the "personal curriculum" option to structure their high school schedules to incorporate career and technical education courses.

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2014 Spring Conference a Huge Success

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2014 spring confEducators and apprenticeship professionals from all across the state of Michigan gathered in Detroit from May 21 to 23 for MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference.

If you didn't attend, you missed a great conference. But you can get a glimpse of what you missed by accessing presentations from the conference and checking out some of the photos from the event!

If you attended the event and have photos to share, please Login (if you have an account) or Register an account (if you don't) and you'll be able to upload/share your photos as well.

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 May 2014 14:58
 

WSJ Article Asks "Why Are Apprenticeships in Decline?"

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An Apr. 27, 2014, article in the Wall Street Journal poses the following question: Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap. So Why Are They in Decline?

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Ask CEOs and corporate recruiters whether they're finding the workers they need and they'll lament about a skills gap that threatens productivity and growth—not just in their companies but in the economy at large.

Yet employers and state legislators have been decidedly lukewarm about a proven solution to the problem: apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships can offer a precise match between the skills employers want and the training workers receive, says Robert Lerman, an economics professor at American University.

"It's a great model for transferring skills from one generation to the next," says John Ladd, director of the Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship.

Nevertheless, according to the Labor Department, formal programs that combine on-the-job learning with mentorships and classroom education fell 40% in the U.S. between 2003 and 2013.

All of which leads to the question: If apprenticeships are the solution to a pressing problem, why is there so much resistance?

To read the full article, click here. (WSJ subscription may be required)

  

 

Mike Rowe "Gut Check" from Meeting Vassar MI Vet

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Mike Rowe calls meeting quadruple amputee, Vassar veteran Travis Mills a 'gut check'

VASSAR, MI — Mike Rowe was at The Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, when a fan asked to meet him.

The host of the former Discovery Channel show "Dirty Jobs" agreed, even though he was rushing to get through a crowd as he headed backstage. The fan was retired Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, a Vassar native and one of five American soldiers to survive a quadruple amputation.

Read the entire article on M-Live!

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 12:52
 

Bloomberg article concludes apprenticeships offer a path to higher pay for women

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A March 26 Bloomberg.com article focuses on the fact that apprenticeship offers a great path to higher wages for women.

The article notes that "Women ages 16 and older comprise 53.6 percent of the U.S. labor force, yet in 2012 made up about 64 percent of minimum-wage workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

The article also cites a July 2012 Labor Department by Princeton, New Jersey-based Mathematica Policy Research study of registered apprentices in 10 states which showed that in the sixth year after enrollment women made $2,615 more annually than nonparticipants.

Read the entire article at Bloomberg.com!

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 13:06
 
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Apprenticeship Trivia

Efforts in the U.S. to create a uniform national apprenticeship system began in the 1920s during the boom days following WWI. At that time, immigration was heavily restricted, so fewer skilled workers came to the U.S. from other countries at a time when industry, especially the construction trades, needed more skilled labor than was available. These efforts would not come to fruition until 1934, in large part due to the crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression.