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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.

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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.

 

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."

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Apprenticeship Trivia

In 1934, the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to serve as "the national policy-recommending body on apprenticeship" in the United States. The FCA assumed its responsibilities with respect to apprentices and their training under the industrial codes formulated by the National Recovery Administration.