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Friday November 17, 2017
This week has been proclaimed by President Trump, like President Obama before him, as National Apprenticeship Week. Across the nation, there are approximately 1,000 events and ceremonies honoring and recognizing the successes of the U.S. Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship programs for both employers and workers. Almost all ceremonies will honor Registered Apprenticeship programs. Governors, mayors, a range of employers from the building trades to financial services to health care, and even members of Congress are hosting events as a way to honor and advance this tried-and-true...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship
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
Monday October 2, 2017
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This blog was originally featured in IndustryWeek as part of Manufacturing Day.  The fact that U.S. manufacturers are continuing to produce while employing fewer people shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the impact this trend is having on the skills needed to make it in the new manufacturing workforce just might. Decades of downsizing has helped businesses hone in on a root cause of the on-going talent search issue: That the worker shortage alone is not the problem. The challenge is locating recruits that have advanced skills required for contemporary manufacturing. Contemporary manufacturing...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Manufacturing
Wednesday August 30, 2017
Center for Young Professionals Banking Apprentices and Trainer at CEMETS Summer Institute
Center for Young Professionals banking apprentices and trainer share experiences with CEMETS Summer Institute participants. Strong sector-based associations are key to the success of the Swiss apprenticeship system. In my final blog in a three-part series on the Swiss Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) system, I showcase the Center for Young Professionals (CYP), the nonprofit center for basic banking education in Switzerland. In previous posts, I introduced VPET and shared my observations from visits to two Swiss companies’ apprenticeship programs. What is a Sector-...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday August 30, 2017
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In this three-part series, JFF's Nancy Hoffman shares insights and reflections from her deep experience studying and learning about the Swiss Vocational and Professional Educational and Training (VPET) system. Switzerland is a global leader in developing successful apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. The first post introduces VPET, while the second post profiles two companies' youth apprenticeship programs: Swisscom and Migros. Finally, the third post closely examines the important role of sector-based associations and distills lessons that can inform U.S. efforts. Read the full...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement