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2016 Fall Drive-In Presentation Docs Now Available

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Copies of the presentations and other documents from the 2016 MEATA/MI-AIM Fall Drive-In joint conference are now available for download/viewing from this website. Click here to view the list of available documents.

 

NSC Releases Toolkits to Help States Create Policies to Bridge the Skills Gap

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NSC Skills Equity ToolkitsThe National Skills Coalition (NSC) has created a series of toolkits to help states develop a range of policies designed to bridge their skills gap, help people train for in-demand occupations, and help businesses find the skilled workers they need to succeed.

The toolkits are part of NSC’s skills equity agenda – an effort to advance state policies that expand access to middle-skill training through policies on job-driven financial aid, SNAP E&T, stackable credentials, alignment, integrated education and training, and TANF E&T.

Read more and download the toolkits on NSC's Skills Blog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:02
 

Automation Alley: How to develop a strong next-generation manufacturing workforce

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An Oct. 5, 2016, article published by Automation Alley offers "some practical best practices for accomplishing this vital goal of refreshing the skills and knowledge base of your organization." Included are tips for engaging and developing Millenials and Gen-Xers, as well as recommendations to "rethink how you bring new employees up to speed in your organization."

The aticle points out that 90 percent of Millenials will leave a job in less than three years and credits this to their "intent on tackling new challenges." This trait, the article posits, is "good news for manufacturers, who must continually innovate."

Read the entire article at Automation Alley's website.

 

Michigan Receives ApprenticeshipUSA Accelerator Grant

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June 2, 2016 -- Today the Department of Labor announced the award of $10.4 million in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants to help expand and diversify registered apprenticeship programs nationwide. These grants are part of ApprenticeshipUSA, the department’s coordinated effort with industry and education leaders, nonprofits, and local governments to highlight the benefits of apprenticeship and expand the use of this time-tested, earn-while-you-learn model.  Awards were made to 51 states and territories and the District of Columbia. 

These accelerator grants will help states develop a strategic plan and build partnerships for apprenticeship expansion and diversification with State education, workforce and economic development systems.  States will also receive support to develop strategic plans for encouraging businesses to launch Registered Apprenticeship programs in high-demand industries including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, IT, construction, and transportation.

These investments are part of a historic bipartisan Congressional effort to appropriate funds specifically for apprenticeship for the first time, and align with President Obama’s bold challenge to double and diversify the number of apprenticeships by 2019

Each Accelerator grant of $200,000 will allow states, including Michigan, to develop a strategic plan and build partnerships for apprenticeship expansion and diversification with state education, workforce and economic development systems.

In addition, in the coming weeks, the department will announce the availability of an additional $50 million in State Expansion Grants for those looking to expand their capacity to collaborate with employers and start new apprenticeship programs across diverse industries and communities.

Both of these ApprenticeshipUSA State Grants are designed to help states plan and implement strategic state strategies to expand Registered Apprenticeship across the country.  Grantees will utilize the grants to help state governments integrate apprenticeship into their education and workforce systems; engage industry and other partners at scale to expand apprenticeship to new sectors and new populations; support state capacity to conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs; provide support to promote greater inclusion and diversity in apprenticeship, and implement state innovations, incentives and system reforms. By investing in state strategies for growing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, these funds will help strengthen the foundation for the rapid and sustained expansion of quality apprenticeship nationwide.

For more information on this funding announcement please see the links below:

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 12:07
 

USNews: Obama's Budget to Boost Funding for Workforce Programs

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Obama's Budget to Boost Funding for Workforce Programs

The president's proposal will include billions of dollars aimed at connecting people to their first job.

President Barack Obama will make an ambitious pitch to Congress next week in his fiscal 2017 budget, asking lawmakers to approve nearly $6 billion to help more than 1 million young people gain work experience and nab their first job.

The U.S. is in the midst of the longest streak of private-sector job growth ever, according to the administration, with more than 14 million new jobs created during the past 70 months and 5 million jobs currently open​. Yet 1 in 7 young people ages 16 to 24 are either not in school or don't have a job.

"The challenge is that if employers are looking for experience, how does a young person convince a company to give her a first shot to show what she can do," Jeff Zients, director of the National Economic Council, said on a press call Wednesday afternoon.

To that end, the president's budget proposal will include a $5.5 billion request – nearly double the $3 billion included in last year's proposal – to connect people to their first jobs over the summer and throughout the year.

Read the rest of the US News article here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:03
 

Forbes: Why We Need to Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools

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Forbes recently published an article titled "Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools".

The article concludes, among other things, that "The demise of vocational education at the high school level has bred a skills shortage in manufacturing today, and with it a wealth of career opportunities for both under-employed college grads and high school students looking for direct pathways to interesting, lucrative careers. Many of the jobs in manufacturing are attainable through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and vocational programs offered at community colleges."

Read the complete article here.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:53
 

What if the "skills gap" is actually a "values gap"?

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Jen Guarino, a VP at Detroit-based Shinola, recently appeared on Michigan Radio's Stateside with Cynthia Canty program to discuss how to get more young people into skilled trades.

In an associated article on Michgan Radio's website, Guarino explores the notion that the "skills gap" in America is, in fact, a "values gap"...and how it can be overcome. In the article, she observes:

"At some point in our nation’s history, we stopped considering skilled trades viable, credible and honorable career options. We stigmatized them so much that we created a lack of interest and an overall devaluation of the trades in education, industry and society at large."

To read the full article and listen to the Stateside program, click here.

 

 

 


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Apprenticeship Trivia

In 1934, the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to serve as "the national policy-recommending body on apprenticeship" in the United States. The FCA assumed its responsibilities with respect to apprentices and their training under the industrial codes formulated by the National Recovery Administration.