Welcome to the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) weekly blog! This blog will be published and sent out every week with a list of recently added events and resources to the AAI Community of Practice.
Updated / New Events:
- Sep 20 from 3-4:00pm ET: “Data-Informed Decision-Making: Feedback Loop for Refining Apprenticeship Programs“
- Success Stories Document: 1-page write-ups of successful best practices by highlighted AAI grantees as categorized by the AAI Success Factor Framework.
- Leveraging Resources: several new resources including an AAI framework and assistance on the use of WIOA funds to support Registered Apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship in the News:
- House Advances Bill to Bolster Apprenticeship Programs for Women (Financial Regulation News): The U.S. House has advanced legislation to increase the number of women in apprenticeship programs, which are designed to improve skills training. The amendment increases funding for Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants.
- State hosts first Kentucky Apprenticeship Summit in Louisville (WKYT): With Kentucky ranking third from the bottom when it comes to workforce participation, hundreds of state and local officials, business leaders, and education leaders came together on Tuesday to talk apprenticeships at the Kentucky Apprenticeship Summit in Louisville. “What I’m most excited about is that we get an opportunity for educators and industry to come together and share ideas,” says Secretary of Labor Cabinet Derrick Ramsey. “We’ve been promoting this for the last 18 months. And I think the message is finally gotten across.”
- Apprenticeship Program Provides Students with Career Options (Charleston Regional Business Journal): Mark Well was one year into a machining apprenticeship with Venture Aerobearings when he was accepted to Clemson University to study mechanical engineering. Well had known before his apprenticeship began that he wanted to go to Clemson. But rather than leave his apprenticeship halfway, he deferred his Clemson enrollment so he could finish his work and graduate with an associate degree from Trident Technical College and a journeyman credit before transferring. Well is one of 113 students who have participated in the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program, which matches interested high school students with apprenticeships in 16 occupational fields.