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Detroit Free Press: New Detroit partnership aims kids at skilled trades

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Markees Drain, 22, realized that baby boomers will eventually help land him a good-paying job.

To make that happen, Drain is counting on a new effort through the Youth Career Center — a new jobs initiative aimed at Detroit youths ages 16-24 who aren’t in school or working.

The initiative, announced Thursday by Mayor Mike Duggan during a news conference at the Youth Career Center in southwest Detroit, hopes to reach 25,000 youths. The Youth Career Center has combined forces with the Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. and SER Metro Detroit for Detroit Works.

“I’ve been in the program for about two weeks,’’ said Drain. “The program is supposed to set me up to be ready to be an apprentice. I was a college student. So far, it brought my attention to learning more about trades. I really didn’t know much about painting and electrical work and carpentry.

Read the full article here!

 

2016 Fall Drive-In Presentation Docs Now Available

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Copies of the presentations and other documents from the 2016 MEATA/MI-AIM Fall Drive-In joint conference are now available for download/viewing from this website. Click here to view the list of available documents.

 

NSC Releases Toolkits to Help States Create Policies to Bridge the Skills Gap

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NSC Skills Equity ToolkitsThe National Skills Coalition (NSC) has created a series of toolkits to help states develop a range of policies designed to bridge their skills gap, help people train for in-demand occupations, and help businesses find the skilled workers they need to succeed.

The toolkits are part of NSC’s skills equity agenda – an effort to advance state policies that expand access to middle-skill training through policies on job-driven financial aid, SNAP E&T, stackable credentials, alignment, integrated education and training, and TANF E&T.

Read more and download the toolkits on NSC's Skills Blog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:02
 

Automation Alley: How to develop a strong next-generation manufacturing workforce

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An Oct. 5, 2016, article published by Automation Alley offers "some practical best practices for accomplishing this vital goal of refreshing the skills and knowledge base of your organization." Included are tips for engaging and developing Millenials and Gen-Xers, as well as recommendations to "rethink how you bring new employees up to speed in your organization."

The aticle points out that 90 percent of Millenials will leave a job in less than three years and credits this to their "intent on tackling new challenges." This trait, the article posits, is "good news for manufacturers, who must continually innovate."

Read the entire article at Automation Alley's website.

 

Forbes: Why We Need to Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools

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Forbes recently published an article titled "Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools".

The article concludes, among other things, that "The demise of vocational education at the high school level has bred a skills shortage in manufacturing today, and with it a wealth of career opportunities for both under-employed college grads and high school students looking for direct pathways to interesting, lucrative careers. Many of the jobs in manufacturing are attainable through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and vocational programs offered at community colleges."

Read the complete article here.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:53
 
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Apprenticeship Trivia

The origin of the word "masterpiece" comes from early England's indentured apprenticeship system. In order to complete their training, English apprentices were required to make a "master-piece" -- an attempt at the very best work the apprentice could produce -- which was then submitted for inspection to a group of Guild Masters. If the masterpiece was of sufficient quality, the apprentice was given the status of "freeman". Here is the beginning of what we refer to today as "competency-based apprenticeship."