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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 16, 2017
Participants from around the world presented at CEMETS Summer Institute.
Participants from around the world presented at the CEMETS Summer Institute in Switzerland this past June. Recently, I travelled to Switzerland, a global leader in developing strong apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. I attended a 10-day intensive Summer Institute led by the Swiss Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems (CEMETS) at ETH Zurich, the leading research university in the country. The training is designed to help other countries learn about the Swiss apprenticeship system and prepare their own reform initiatives. This is the first blog...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Thursday June 8, 2017
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Americans seeking employment often face a conundrum: relevant work experience is a prerequisite for many jobs, but it is difficult to gain the required experience without relevant on-the-job learning opportunities. There is momentum building around apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning, and it’s not hard to understand why. There is simply no better way to learn how to succeed in the workplace than by having the chance to hone skills on the job. Learning on the job as well as in the classroom allows participants to put their lessons in context, reinforce necessary skills, and...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship
Tuesday May 2, 2017
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At Jobs for the Future, we've been busy reimagining how to provide workers with skills that employers need with apprenticeships. To celebrate Apprenticeship Forward—a national conference that will help chart a path toward a future where American workers and businesses benefit together with apprenticeships—we're sharing a selection of apprenticeship-focused blogs. In partnership with The Atlantic, Jobs for the Future recently helped as subject matter experts to elevate the stories of industry and government shifting to apprenticeship. These blogs were originally published on CityLab, which...
Tags: Registered Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship