MEATA's 2018 Spring Apprenticeship Conference takes place on May 22-25 at the Holiday Inn Resort West Bay Beach in Traverse City!

This year's theme is Apprenticeship 2020: Focus on the Future and a highlight of the conference will be the very first Apprenticeship in a Day WORKShop through which MEATA will take a select group of companies and organizations through the entire apprenticeship registration process in just a single day! This workshop is for EVERYONE, not just the companies...all conference attendees will walk away with a thorough, practical understanding of how a registered apprenticeship program is created!

While the WORKShop will consume all of one day (Thursday) at the conference, there will be tons of great sessions during the rest of the event. The complete agenda can be downloaded here, but here is a brief summary:

  • On Tuesday, May 22nd, Early Registration will open from 3:00-6:00 pm, followed by a Networking session for attendees arriving on Tuesday
  • Registration opens and breakfast will be served from 7:00-8:00 am on Wednesday
  • Roger Curtis, Director of Michigan's Department of Talent of Economic Development, will be Wednesday's Keynote Speaker and he'll provide details on Michigan's Marshall Plan for Talent
  • Sessions will run through 2:30 pm on Wednesday, followed by tours of L. Mawby Vineyards and Michigan Local Hops (a 200-acre hops farm)
  • Thursday will be devoted to the innovative Apprenticeship in a Day WORKShop, and MEATA's famous Dinner and Gift Exchange will take place on Thursday night
  • The final day of the conference (Friday) will start with breakfast at 7:00 am, followed by a handful of very cool learning sessions and a future-focused closing session led by MEATA Chair Janene Erne

Session topics to be covered at the conference include:

  • Non-traditional Programs with a Twist on Intermediary Credentials: Agriculture and Marine Technology
  • Apprenticeship Meets Artificial Intelligence
  • Registered Apprenticeship for Workforce Development Specialists
  • Internship to Registered Apprenticeship
  • Women in the Trades
  • Michigan's Talent Pipeline Management Efforts
  • Everything Apprenticeship Providers Need to Know about EEO
  • Apprenticeship Success Stories from Local Traverse City "Mom and Pop" Companies
  • A spotlight on the Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee, Inc. (MASCI)

Cost to attend the entire conference, including meals, is just $275 per person...with a discount rate of $200 for K-12 professionals and U.S. DOL staff.

To register for the conference, click here!

MEATA has also arranged for a special rate of just $119.95 per night at the West Bay Beach Resort. To take advantage of this discount, you must make your reservations by April 21st. Call 231-947-3700 or toll free at 800-888-8020 and tell them you want the MEATA group discount.

Sponsorship opportunities also exist for this event. Interested in gaining additional visibility during the conference? Download the MEATA Conference Sponsorship Form for details!

And last but not least, there are 24 player spots available in the MEATA Golf Outing being held prior to the conference on May 22nd starting at 11:00 am. The outing will be held at the Crown Golf Course at 2430 Crown Drive, Traverse City MI 49685. Cost for 18 holes with cart is just $39 per person. To reserve a spot, e-mail Amy Burns Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business on May 7th.

Upcoming Events

MEATA Spring 2018 Apprenticeship Conference

Begin: 2018-05-22, 03:00 pm
End: 2018-05-25, 12:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Resort West Bay Beach, Traverse City
Fees: $ 275.00

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