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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.


MEATA 2017 Spring Conference

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2017 Spring Conference

Sessions to be offered at the conference include:

  • The intersection of community and apprenticeship
  • The Right Signals credentialing model
  • Mapping the process of establishing and managing a Registered Apprenticeship program
  • An overview of the State of Michigan's implementation of the Apprenticeship Accelerator Grant
  • American Apprenticeship Initiative grantee updates & lessons learned
  • Resources available via the Michigan STEM Partnership
  • Leveraging WIOA and braided funding to support Registered Apprenticeship
  • Registered Apprenticeship—Perspectives from multiple employers
  • New front-loaded apprenticeships in Michigan
  • Who holds the Standards—a "down and dirty" look at apprenticeship "intermediaries"
  • The apprenticeship community from a global perspective

...and more!

To download a copy of the full agenda, click here.

Cost to attend the entire conference, including meals, is just $275 per person and K-12 professionals can attend for just $175! Click here to register!

MEATA has arranged a special discounted rate of $119 per night for lodging at the Soaring Eagle Resort. Deadline to make room reservations at this discount rate is Monday, May 1 and rooms are going fast, so please don't delay! Call the Resort's toll-free reservation line 1-877-2-EAGLE-2 (877-232-4532) and tell them you're with the MEATA group to get the special rate.

Vendors: We have a great space available for vendor booths right on the conference floor! If you're interesting in having a high visibility booth to exhibit your apprenticeship and/or training related products/services, please contact Callan Eschenburg via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:55

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.

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Apprenticeship Trivia

In Elizabethan England, the Apprenticeship system became more regulated via the 1563 Statute of Artificers, which set out terms and conditions for training (including a duration of seven years and the master/apprentice relationship). That Statute, which continued in force across England until 1813, also made it illegal to practice a craft unless one was a Master or Apprenticed to one.