DOL Releases New Apprenticeship Quick Start Toolkit

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

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

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

WSJ Article: Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo

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.

Manufacturing Workforce Development Playbook Released

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!