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RTI Required For Electrical and Fire Alarm Specialty Technicians

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By Dan O'Donnell, Chief
Electrical Division
Reprinted from Code Works! Fall 2010 newsletter from the Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes

Bureau of Construction Codes logoEffective September 1, 2010, the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC), Electrical Division, implemented the statutory requirements set forth in 1956 PA 217, the Electrical Administrative Act. MCL 338.883e (1) and (2) and MCL 338.883h (1) and (2) of PA 217 requires apprentice electricians and fire alarm specialty technician apprentices in the state of Michigan to be participating in a training program approved by the Electrical Administrative Board (EAB) and implemented by BCC, Electrical Division.

The EAB authorized the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (USDOL-OA) to be the approving agency for training programs throughout Michigan in conjunction with the statutory requirement as they have a long history of experience in the apprenticeship arena across many different disciplines. Electrical and fire alarm contractors and the apprentices they employ must register with the USDOL-OA and set up their individual apprentice training programs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:16
 

Apprenticeship Programs Expand With Help of Community Colleges

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By Jennifer Gonzalez
Reprinted from the Chronicle of Higher Education

The apprenticeship system, long considered an educational relic by some educators and policy makers, is gaining new attention as a promising model for improving job skills and meeting national college-completion goals.

A number of states and community and technical colleges are working to strengthen and expand apprenticeship opportunities. They offer participants a paycheck while taking courses and being trained for an occupation. Traditional trades, such as construction and manufacturing, continue to draw the most students, but newer industries, such as travel, health care, and information technology, have also begun to take part in apprenticeship programs, broadening their appeal.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:08
 

HOT ITEM: Notice to Electrical Contractors!

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Electrician in TrainingEffective September 1, 2010 all electrical apprentices in the State of Michigan are required to be participating in an electrical training program approved by the Electrical Administrative Board (EAB). 

On February 6th, 2009 the EAB approved the Bureau of Construction Codes Electrical Division recommendation to utilize the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (USDOL-OA) for the registration of all approved electrical training programs.

Initially the two main requirements are:

  1. Electrical contractors that currently employ or anticipate the employment of electrical apprentices must register their companies with the USDOL-OA.
  2. Once an employer has registered with the USDOL-OA they can set up their apprenticeship training program with the USDOL-OA and register the apprentices under their employment.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 November 2010 08:48
 

Check Out Our New Website!

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Welcome to MEATA's new home online! Here you will find a variety of useful information about apprenticeship training programs, professional development opportunities for Secondary and Post Secondary apprentices and training educators, and more.

For the lastest in industry news and information, check out our News Feeds...you can even subscribe directly to many of them as RSS feeds, to have news delivered to your favorite e-mail program or newsreader!

For the latest updates on apprenticeships across the country, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 September 2010 09:54
 


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Apprenticeship Trivia

The origin of the word "masterpiece" comes from early England's indentured apprenticeship system. In order to complete their training, English apprentices were required to make a "master-piece" -- an attempt at the very best work the apprentice could produce -- which was then submitted for inspection to a group of Guild Masters. If the masterpiece was of sufficient quality, the apprentice was given the status of "freeman". Here is the beginning of what we refer to today as "competency-based apprenticeship."