2014 Spring Conference a Huge Success

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!

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

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!

WSJ Op Ed Calls for Reinvigoration of "Shop Class" Education Offerings

An April 24 opinion column written by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel calls for a reinvestment and focus on career and technical education. The article is titled "Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class" and subtitled "Taking pride in learning to make and build things can begin in high school. Plenty of jobs await."

Mr. Mandel states:

Too many young people have four-year liberal-arts degrees, are thousands of dollars in debt and find themselves serving coffee at  Starbucks or working part-time at the mall. Many of them would have been better off with a two-year skilled-trade or technical education that provides the skills to secure a well-paying job.

Visit The Wall Street Journal website to read the complete article. (Subscription may be required.)

WSJ Article Asks "Why Are Apprenticeships in Decline?"

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)

  

Moneynews: College Degree No Longer the Solution to Good Jobs

Moneynews article: College Degree No Longer the Solution to Good Jobs

Thursday, January 23, 2014 06:54 AM

By: Neal Asbury

More than 40 percent of recent U.S. college graduates are unemployed, underemployed or need more training to get on a career track, according to a poll released last year by global management consulting firm Accenture.

The online survey of 1,050 workers who finished school in the previous two years and 1,010 who received their degree in 2013 also found that many graduates, some heavily in debt because of the cost of their education, say they are in jobs that do not require a college degree. In fact, just 53 percent of the graduates found full-time jobs in their field of study.

[Check out the rest of the article at Moneynews.]