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Monday November 6, 2017
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Over the last three years, U.S. employers have added over 150,000 new Registered apprentices, and the federal government has invested an unprecedented $265 million to add thousands more over in the near future. This tried and true training model is now being expanded in more than 1,000 different industries and transformed into an innovative approach being put to the test in classrooms, labs, and boardrooms throughout the country. For those who have the opportunity to participate in one of these programs, it works.   Companies that use Registered Apprenticeship report higher productivity,...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship
Friday June 9, 2017
By Deborah Kobes and Sara Lamback Women do drive trucks. But like the construction trades and several other stereotypically male jobs, truck driving has maintained stubbornly low rates of female workforce participation. Nationwide, approximately six percent of truck drivers are women1. These women drive not only big rigs in long-haul trucking, but also industrial trucks, trash and recycling trucks, and small delivery trucks. These opportunities could benefit many more women around the country because they are well-paying jobs that require relatively little education or training. The median...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Career and Technical Education
Wednesday November 4, 2015
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“This apprenticeship is harder to get into than Harvard.” I’ve heard this statement numerous times about programs around the country (including in the Hechinger Report article and New York Times), and I am sure that many potential apprentices, workforce educators, and businesses have heard the same thing. It’s no surprise that many people jump at the opportunity to obtain in-depth education and training while earning a wage. Yet, the value of apprenticeships is even more pronounced when they provide pathways for individuals who face barriers to entering the middle-class. How can we make sure...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Credentials, Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Friday October 2, 2015
Manufacturing Day
Happy manufacturing day! The last few days have been a whirlwind in Owensboro, Kentucky learning about innovative manufacturing education programs as part of JFF’s NSF-funded Jobs to Manufacturing Careers initiative. JFF joined a film crew from WGBH and VOX Television, along with our third-party evaluator Education Development Center, to capture each step in the process used by Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) to design and deliver high-quality, work-based manufacturing education in partnership with local manufacturers. College leadership, faculty members, workers enrolled in...
Tags: Manufacturing, Career Pathways
Monday November 3, 2014
Labor market information (LMI) can provide great insight into the economic landscape of a region, and be used in so many ways that it is sometimes hard to know where to get started. To help the Newark Workforce Investment Board (WIB) analyze how to best use LMI within their increasingly data-driven decision making processes—a goal of their Workforce Innovation Fund project “Managing for Success,” a technical assistance subject matter expert, Lois Joy from Jobs for the Future, demonstrated how to use both traditional and real-time LMI to guide the WIB’s investments and increase accountability...
Tags: Labor Market Information