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Monday November 9, 2015
This week, over 2,000 learning professionals gathered at Learning 2015 in Orlando to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Elliott Masie’s annual conference focused on workplace learning. The group represented leading companies committed to innovative emerging strategies, technologies, and program design and innovation as part of a global strategy and a limitless learning future that makes Disney World a lively stage. Keynote speakers, including Sal Kahn and Steve Wozniak, challenged the audience to think about creating virtual and real learning environments where all people can thrive.  This...
Tags: Credentials, Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Friday November 6, 2015
By Rachel Crew and Mary Clagett  As National Apprenticeship Week continues, we would like to highlight some of the federal policies and legislation that lawmakers are considering to further apprenticeship and the United States’ position in the global economy.  Last year, the Obama Administration committed to increase the number of apprentices in the United States by 300,000 during fiscal year 2015—growing apprenticeships from 450,000 to 750,000. This year, the Administration has committed to expanding that goal by awarding $175 million in grants to train and hire more than 34,000 new...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Credentials, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeship
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
Tuesday November 3, 2015
No workforce development strategy has the same track record as apprenticeship, which has proven to be one of the most effective ways to connect education to work since the middle ages. In recent years, this age-old model of training has been reinvented as an innovative new way to prepare people to fill high-demand jobs and address skills gaps in industries ranging from health care to manufacturing to information technology. On average, the starting salary for apprentices equipped with newly minted skills begins at $50,000—a respectable, livable wage in most major U.S. cities. This...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Manufacturing, Addressing Employer Needs, Credentials, Work-Based Learning, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeship