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Don't Miss MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference May 21-23

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MEATA 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference

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"Passing the Skills Torch Forward!"

May 21–23, 2014
at the
Motor City Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
and the

Ford Technical Training Center
25500 Outer Drive
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

(Click Here for directions from the Motor City Casino Hotel to the Ford Technical Training Center)

MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference is jam-packed with informative and useful sessions focused on the theme of "Passing the Skills Torch Forward!". Dean Guido, Regional Director of the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Conference sessions will focus on “what's moving in apprenticeship” at UAW, Operating Engineers and MDOT; apprentice readiness; connecting K-12 to apprenticeships; innovative Detroit-based programs; urban strategies for apprenticeship; and lots more! Check out the complete conference agenda for details on all the sessions.

Activities associated with the conference include:

  • Wed. evening (May 21) of networking at the HockeyTown Cafe (named Detroit's #1 sports bar and the #2 sports bar in America by ESPN2)
  • A tour of the Ford Technical Training Center (on Thurs., May 22)
  • Dinner at the Motor City Casino (on Thurs., May 22)
  • Traditional Gift Exchange (during dinner on Thurs.)...bring a gift that represents your company, organization, community, etc.

Cost for attending the conference, including meals and beverages, is just $175 per person. For K-12 educators, we offer a special rate of just $100!

Register for the Conference Online or contact Phil Crockett via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 248-232-4196 to reserve your seat(s) for this must-attend event!

MEATA has arranged for discounted lodging at the Motor City Casino Hotel at rates of $97 to $99 per night, including FREE parking. This special rate is only guaranteed for rooms booked by May 7th. You can Book Your Room(s) Online or call the hotel toll-free at 866-782-9622 and let them know you're with the MEATA Conference. We're told that room fill up quickly at the hotel, so please book your room(s) at your earliest opportunity!

Another enhancement to this year's conference is an option for vendor booths! If you offer products and/or services of direct interest to MEATA members and you'd like more info on the opportunity to have a display at the conference, please contact Janene Erne by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 248-232-4394.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 09:31

NYT Article Highlights German-model Apprenticeship in SC

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Where Factory Apprenticeship Is Latest Model From Germany

GREER, S.C. — For Joerg Klisch, hiring the first 60 workers to build heavy engines at his company’s new factory in South Carolina was easy. Finding the next 60 was not so simple.

“It seemed like we had sucked up everybody who knew about diesel engines,” said Mr. Klisch, vice president for North American operations of Tognum America. “It wasn’t working as we had planned.”

So Mr. Klisch did what he would have done back home in Germany: He set out to train them himself. Working with five local high schools and a career center in Aiken County, S.C. — and a curriculum nearly identical to the one at the company’s headquarters in Friedrichshafen — Tognum now has nine juniors and seniors enrolled in its apprenticeship program.

Inspired by a partnership between schools and industry that is seen as a key to Germany’s advanced industrial capability and relatively low unemployment rate, projects like the one at Tognum are practically unheard-of in the United States.

But experts in government and academia, along with those inside companies like BMW, which has its only American factory in South Carolina, say apprenticeships are a desperately needed option for younger workers who want decent-paying jobs, or increasingly, any job at all. And without more programs like the one at Tognum, they maintain, the nascent recovery in American manufacturing will run out of steam for lack of qualified workers.

For the rest of the article at the New York TImes website, click here.


MEATA 2013 Spring Conference Files

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MEATA's 2013 Spring Conference, held May 15-17 at the Treetops Sylvan Resort in Gaylord, was a huge success, with over 50 professionals from across the state in attendance.

Presentation topics included:

  • MDOT: Apprenticeships - Our Way Forward
  • Charlevoix-Emmet ISD Manufacturing Partnership
  • Delta College Accelerated CNC Machinist Program
  • Qualifying for Veteran Training Funds Use
  • The Manufacturing Skills Mismatch Debate
  • MAT2 Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Pilot
  • DOL Pre-Apprenticeship Update
  • Where is the Money for Registered Apprenticeship Training?
  • Michigan Merit Curriculum Legislative Update

Copies of the presentations are posted here!

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 16:24

High Heels and Hard Hats Article Spotlights Women in Construction Jobs

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It's becoming increasingly easier to find positive female role models in the apprenticeable trades, including in the media. For a great article focusing on women in the construction industry, check out High Heels and Hard Hats from the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Constructor magazine!


JCB tackles skills issue with apprenticeship program

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The following article by Mary Carr Mayle appears in the Savannah Morning News:

John Patterson, president of Savannah-based JCB Inc., is nothing if not vocal about the problems he and other manufacturers have had finding skilled employees.

“Twenty-five years ago, manufacturing comprised 28 percent of our (gross domestic product),” Patterson said recently. “Currently, it’s 12 percent. The erosion of manufacturing meant fewer people were being employed and trained.

“Now, with the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation, that statistic is coming back to bite us.”

On average today, one skilled worker is trained for every four boomers retiring, Patterson said.

“Add to that the emphasis on college as the ultimate goal and the perception of manufacturing as dark, dirty, low-wage work, and it should come as no surprise that we have serious skills issues,” he said.

To read the complete article, visit the Savannah Morning News site!

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2012 17:12
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MEATA 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference
Begin: 05-21-2014, 15:00
End: 05-23-2014, 12:00
Location: Motor City Casino Hotel , 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, and the, Ford Technical Training Center , 25500 Outer Drive, Lincoln Park, MI 48146
Theme: Passing the Skills Torch Forward!

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Apprenticeship Trivia

The first U.S. legislation promoting an organized system of apprenticeship was enacted in Wisconsin in 1911 and amended soon after to require that all apprentices attend classroom instruction five hours a week in addition to learning on-the-job.