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MEATA/MASCI 2016 Apprenticeship Conference, May 23-27

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The final conference agenda is still being developed but here are a few details. Registration will open on Monday, May 23rd from 4-7 pm and will reopen on Tuesday, May 24th from 8-10 am. Presentation sessions will run Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm and Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm. Thursday will be a fun day of hands-on activities as attendees team up to compete in the first-ever MEATA-MASCI Hardhat Challenge, followed by a networking dinner and MEATA’s famous Gift Exchange. Friday morning, we’ll conduct important MEATA business (including officer elections) and have everyone on their way home before noon.


Cost to attend the conference is just $275 per person, and K-12 professionals can take advantage of a special rate of just $200! The fee includes all conference materials and lunch on Tue-Thurs, breakfast on Wed-Fri, and dinner on Thursday.


Register online today for the conference or contact Phil Crockett via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone at 248-232-4196 to reserve your seat(s) for this must-attend event!


MEATA has also arranged for discounted lodging at the Bavarian Inn Lodge at rates of $104 per night for standard double, premium double, or king rooms and $164 per night for suites. Deadline to take advantage of these rates is Friday, April 22, 2016. Reservations can be made by calling the Bavarian Inn Lodge toll free at 1-855-652-7200. Be sure to mention that you’re with the MEATA group or use group number 12776G when registering to get the discounted conference rate.


Last Updated on Monday, 09 November 2015 16:11

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!


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

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.

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MEATA/MASCI 2016 Spring Apprenticeship Conference
Begin: 05-23-2016, 16:00
End: 05-27-2016, 12:00
Location: The Bavarian Inn Lodge, 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
The must-attend event for anyone involved in the development and delivery of U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship programs in the State of Michigan!

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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.