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U.S. and Switzerland to partner on apprenticeship program

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At a June 25, 2015, press conference in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Dept. of Labor announced a collaboration with Switzerland to launch an apprenticeship program in the U.S. modeled after the Swiss vocational education system. The U.S. and Switzerland are planning to sign on July 9, 2015, a Joint Declaration of Intent to collaborate on this venture and to exchange policy information and best practices in vocational education and training.

In Switzerland, students as young as 15 sign 3- or 4-year contracts with an employer’s apprenticeship program, which pays them as they learn skills, according to Martin Dahinden, Swiss ambassador to the U.S. Two-thirds of 16-year-olds in Switzerland choose to start their careers via an apprenticeship as they attend school.

Read SHRM's full article here!

 

Yahoo Finance: 'The other 4-year degree’: Why everyone’s talking about apprenticeships

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Apprenticeships are having a moment.

Youth employment rates are still abysmally low in the U.S. (for 16- to 19-year-olds, the unemployment rate is 17.9%, nearly three times the national rate) and college has never been pricier. Apprenticeships, which some have dubbed “the other four-year degree,” offer a low-cost way for young people to get jobs and an education without incurring loads of debt.

The better-looking, higher-earning sister of the internship, an apprenticeship matches workers up with employers who offer one to four years of job training. The average starting pay for apprentices is $15 an hour, double the federal minimum wage. At the end of a program, workers are rewarded with an industry-recognized certificate and, ideally, a full-time job offer.

Apprentices earn an average starting salary of $50,000 a year and go on to earn $300,000 more over their lifetime than those with just a high school diploma, according to the Department of Labor.

Read the complete article here!

 

Presentations from 2015 Spring Apprenticeship Conference Now Available

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MEATA's 2015 Spring Apprenticeship Conference held at the UAW Black Lake Conference Center in Onaway, MI was the organization's biggest conference yet!

There were a lot of great, info-packed presentations, and now most of them are available in PDF format here on the MEATA website. To access them, click here.

 

DOL offers $100M in grants to expand apprenticeship in high-skilled, high-growth industries

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December 11, 2014 - Today, the Secretary of Labor announced the long-awaited funding opportunity for the American Apprenticeship grants at a visit to the Urban Technology Projectin Philadelphia. On April 16, 2014, the President and Vice President first announced that new federal investments would be made available to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. This is the single largest Federal investment in apprenticeship history and will serve as a catalyst to "sale and scale" the apprenticeship model as an innovative workforce strategy that is relevant to a number of different industries.

The Department of Labor is making $100 million in existing H-1B funds available for the American Apprenticeship Grants to help more workers participate in apprenticeships. These grants will support public-private partnerships that promote the expansion of quality and innovative Registered Apprenticeship programs.  They will help start efforts to meet the needs of business and expand career opportunities for workers, women, underrepresented populations and young men and women of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Here are links to additional background information on the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and instructions on how to apply for these grant funds:

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:09
 

Holland Sentinel: Apprenticeship programs priority for area businesses

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Excerpt from the Holland Sentinel:

In desperate need of skilled labor employees, some Holland area business have turned to apprenticeships – teaching employees the skills necessary to advance and become a certified journeyman.

The labor market in West Michigan has become slim as Ottawa County and surrounding counties are facing unemployment rates below 4 percent. In April, Ottawa County’s unemployment was 3.1 percent.

While those rates are good for the economy, it’s created a problem for area employers that need to fill vacancies.

Read the entire article here!

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 12:29
 

U.S. News Article: Apprenticeships as "Gateway to the Middle Class"

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U.S. News & World Report published an article on Jan 12, 2015 titled "Apprenticeships Could Be Gateway to Middle Class" which concludes that "apprenticeship can be a lucrative option for those who don’t want to or are not able to seek a four-year degree."

Read the full article for complete details.

 
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Apprenticeship Trivia

The formal Master/Apprentice relationship that exists in today's Registered Apprenticeship programs traces its roots to Britain and the Guild structure of the Middle Ages.