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Tuesday March 14, 2017
Manufacturer Apprenticeship JFF Header Image
Meeting the demand for a competitive 21st century manufacturing workforce will require training models that work. Apprenticeships are a powerful solution that equip workers with the technical skills needed to drive the country’s manufacturing industry to grow and succeed in the global economy.  For the past five years, manufacturers, union leaders, and workforce intermediaries in the Midwest piloted the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship model. One hundred thirty apprentices have been employed at 15 manufacturing firms across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania since...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Manufacturing, Workforce Partnership
Friday October 7, 2016
Woman working in manufacturing
In the last few years, an ancient approach to worker training—one that has largely fallen into disuse in the United States—has been receiving renewed attention from national policymakers. Apprenticeship is a paid, credentialed, work-based learning approach that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction to build worker skills for a specific technical occupation. In the U.S., the vast majority of apprenticeships are offered in the building and construction trades, but in Europe apprenticeships are the primary form of preparation for careers in a variety of occupations in...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Friday October 7, 2016
People speaking at NH Sectors Meeting
By Patricia Maguire and Deborah Kobes This summer, Governor Maggie Hassan, Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, over 20 New Hampshire manufacturers, and over 30 workforce and education programs gathered at Hitchiner Manufacturing to discuss the current state of the manufacturing sector, pressing current and future workforce needs, and how a statewide sector partnership can be a solution. Manufacturing is strong in New Hampshire. Manufacturing is one of New Hampshire’s largest industries and one of the state’s major economic drivers. Manufacturing is more concentrated in the state than in the nation,...
Tags: Sector Strategies, Manufacturing, Workforce Partnership
Thursday November 5, 2015
Apprenticeships in the U.S.—A way to Put "Career" in "College and Career Readiness"
Young professionals in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo taken by Amy Loyd, senior director at JFF. The United States is investing in apprenticeship, as well as expanding the scope of careers covered under the registered apprenticeship umbrella—this is great news, but we have a long way to go to establish apprenticeship to serve a wide array of education and training needs. Underemployed or unemployed adults are not the only workers who benefit from apprenticeship, which marries work experience and credit-bearing college course work—young people do too. And it’s with this population that the U....
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Credentials, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Wednesday November 4, 2015
Woman working
“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