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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.


DOL Releases New Apprenticeship Quick Start Toolkit

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The U.S. Dept. of Labor has released a slick new Quick Start Toolkit that provides helpful guidance, steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program. The toolkit covers everything from exploring the apprenticeship model as a workforce strategy to launching a new program. Whether you’re a business, labor organization, industry association, community college, or a community-based or service organization, this toolkit will help you:

  • Explore apprenticeship as a strategy to meet your needs for skilled workers
  • Partner with key players in your region to develop an apprenticeship
  • Build the core components of your apprenticeship program
  • Register your program to become part of the national Registered Apprenticeship network
  • Launch your new Registered Apprenticeship

Check out the toolkit at


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

MEATA Spring Conference @ UAW Black Lake Center, May 20-22. 2015

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MEATA 2015 Spring Apprenticeship Conference


"How to Make Apprenticeships Work!"


May 20–22, 2015
at the


UAW Black Lake Conference Center
2000 Maxon Road
Onaway, MI 49765

From President Obama on down, everyone is talking about the importance and benefit of apprenticeship training these days. MEATA's 2015 Spring Apprenticeship Conference is devoted to the practical aspects of how to make apprenticeships work.

Conference session topics will include:

  • Transforming career guidance counseling
  • Bringing back career and technical education (CTE) at the K-12 level
  • Competency-based and front-loaded apprenticeship models
  • Using the DOL’s new Apprenticeship Quick Start Toolkit
  • Apprenticeship readiness and testing
  • Federal and state funding for apprenticeships
  • Multiple best practice models for engaging youth and companies to promote apprenticeable occupations
  • …and lots more! (Get the complete agenda here.)

Additional activities associated with the conference include:

  • Twilight Golf on Wednesday
  • Networking Dinner on Wednesday
  • Gift Exchange (during dinner on Thursday)...bring a gift that represents your company, organization, community, etc.

This is a must-attend event for educators, training coordinators, HR professionals, and anyone with an interest in developing, growing or improving apprenticeship training programs.

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

Register for the Conference Online or contact Phil Crockett via e-mail at or by phone at 248-232-4196 to reserve your seat(s) today!

Lodging Information:
Lodging at the conference center is just $97 per night for conference attendees. There is an additional $17 per night lodging fee if bringing a guest (spouse, etc.) who is not paying to attend the conference. Guest meal costs will be billed in addition to your lodging.​ (A total of $77 per guest would cover all meal expenses from Wednesday dinner through breakfast on Friday.) To make reservations, call the Black Lake Conference Center at (989) 733-8521. Please inform the reservation desk if bringing a guest in order to coordinate all lodging and meal arrangements.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:13

Free Press Article Touts Positives of Apprenticeship

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An Oct. 6 article in the Detroit Free Press titled "Experts: Apprenticeship degree can land in-demand job" concludes the following:

  • "Middle Skill" jobs have been tough to fill in Michigan and demand for such workers will keep growing
  • Many good-paying jobs require training but not a four-year degree
  • A Bachelor's degree is no longer viewed as job seeker's holy grail
  • Apprentice programs making a comeback

To read the entire article, click here.

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MEATA 2015 Spring Apprenticeship Conference
Begin: 05-20-2015, 15:00
End: 05-22-2015, 13:00
Location: UAW Black Lake Conference Center, 2000 Maxon Road, Onaway, MI 49765
Theme: How to Make Apprenticeships Work

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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.