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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
 

Mike Rowe Calls for National Campaign to Promote Skilled Jobs

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Mike Rowe of Mike Rowe Works and The Discovery Channel spoke to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C. on May 5th, 2011. He discussed the need to promote skilled trades as a desired job, rather than exclusively hyping jobs that requires a 4 year degree or more.

Check out the 8-1/2 minute video from YouTube:

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2011 13:27
 

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
 


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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."