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Siouxland apprentices show true spirit of Labor Day
September 01, 2013 - Sioux City Journal

Today, apprenticeships offer workers ways to build careers using on-the-job training that can’t be duplicated in the classroom. Read More...

 DOL Study Finds Substantially Higher Earnings for those Who Participate in Registered Apprenticeship – Up to $240,037 over Lifetime

The study focused on 10 states selected to vary in program features and labor market characteristics, including program size, region, the degree of union representation in the state, administrative type (federal or state), and the degree to which RA is concentrated in a few occupations. The states are Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Individuals who complete a Registered Apprenticeship program will earn substantially higher wages over their lifetime according to a study released today by the U.S. Department of Labor. The study, An Effectiveness Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Registered Apprenticeship in 10 States, found that over a career of 36 years, participants who completed the Registered Apprenticeship program had average earnings gains of nearly a quarter million dollars ($240,037, increasing to $301,533 with employer benefits added) compared to nonparticipants. After accounting for costs such as taxes, the net benefits for those who complete a Registered Apprenticeship program are $233,828. Even when individuals who participated in but did not complete Registered Apprenticeship are added to the analysis, the estimated average earnings gains for all participants is still an impressive $98,718 ($123,906 with employer benefits) over their careers. Taking into account various costs the estimated net benefits for all RA participants are $96,911.

Registered Apprenticeship is a career-training program that offers structured on-the-job training combined with related technical instruction tailored to industry needs. The program, created in 1937, seeks to produce well-trained workers whose skills are in high demand. In 2011, almost 400,000 people across the nation were enrolled in the program. Registered Apprenticeship is administered by the Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Apprenticeship within the U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with State Apprenticeship Agencies. Apprenticeship programs range from one to six years and are offered in approximately 1,000 occupations, including the traditional skilled trades such as electrician, plumber, and carpenter, as well as occupations including wind turbine technician, health informatician and geothermal & well-drilling operator. For apprentices, RA provides on-the-job training, related technical instruction, incremental wage increases as skills are attained, and, upon completion, nationally recognized certification in the chosen career area. RA programs are delivered by sponsors—employers, employer associations, and labor management organizations. Sponsors cover the costs of training, wages paid to apprentices, costs of managing the program, and costs associated with time spent by senior employees to mentor and train apprentices.

This study, led by principle investigator Debbie Reed of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., assesses the effectiveness of Registered Apprenticeship and performs a cost-benefit analysis of the program. The report measures the net effects of apprenticeship for participants as well as the social costs and benefits of Registered Apprenticeship across a variety of state settings. It also examines the barriers that women face in Registered Apprenticeship and the best practices for promoting their success. In addition, the report explores whether federal and state administered RA programs have patterns of differences in the programs themselves and their outcomes.

Key Research Findings

• RA participants had substantially higher earnings than did nonparticipants. Over their career of 36 years, participants who completed the RA program had average earnings of nearly a quarter million dollars ($240,037, increasing to $301,533 with employer benefits added). After accounting for costs, the net benefits for RA completers are $233,828. Even when non-completers are added to the analysis, the estimated average earning gains for all participants is still an impressive $98,718 ($123,906 with employer benefits) over their careers. Taking into account various costs such as taxes, apprentices pay on earnings gains, the estimated net benefits for RA participants are $96,911.

• The social benefits of the RA program appear to be much larger than the social costs. Over the career of an apprentice, the estimated social benefits of RA exceed the social costs by more than $49,000.

• The report finds that female apprentices expressed positive views of RA but recommends some changes to promote women’s success. The data demonstrates that women participate in RA at lower rates than men and are concentrated in social service occupations (mainly child care and health care). In the 2010 cohort, women made up only 9 percent of new apprentices. Women are much less likely than men to enroll in the traditional skilled trades and, when they do, they are less likely than men to complete RA. The women interviewed see their participation in RA as a pathway to career advancement and higher pay. Those interviewed suggested strategies to enhance the success of women in RA: undertaking targeted outreach campaigns, building women’s basic skills, helping women develop accurate expectations about particular occupations, adequate child care, assisting employers to enforce policies to combat harassment at male-dominated worksites, and peer groups for support and encouragement.

• RA programs are largely similar in states federally administered by the OA states and SAA states. Modest differences were found between OA and SAA states in terms of the demographics, occupational distribution, completion rates, and earnings gains of apprentices. The most notable difference was that SAA states are more easily able to create partnerships with the workforce system and educational institutions because they are part of the same state government.

On 1 August 2012, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act at the “Out Educate, Out Build, Out Innovate” summit.

The National Education and Action Summit will bring together Leaders, Partners and Stakeholders from throughout the National Registered Apprenticeship System. The National Education and Action Summit will celebrate the role Registered Apprenticeship has played in training the U.S. workforce for the last 75 years and will highlight the role Registered Apprenticeship can play in training America’s workforce for the next 75 years by featuring some of the innovative and trailblazing programs.

I am pleased and honored to announce two of Iowa’s registered Apprenticeship Programs are being recognized as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator. Based on the information that was provided to the National Office, their program, practice, strategy, or partnership demonstrates at least one example of the kinds of innovation and/or trailblazing efforts that has had a significant impact on the history of Registered Apprenticeship and/or has implications for Registered Apprenticeship in the 21st Century.

Please join us in congratulating our two Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazers and Innovators: Eastern Iowa Community College (Scott) Registered Apprenticeship Chef Program and Iowa Electrical Apprenticeship Training and Educational Trust.

The Working Poor Families Project - Policy Brief Summer 2011

The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP), launched in 2002, is a national initiative that works to improve the ability of low-income workers to increase their wages. This project partners with state non-profit organizations and supports their policy efforts to better prepare America’s working families for a more secure economic future.

WPFP recently issued a Summer 2011 policy brief, which states that Registered Apprenticeship is, “ripe for a rebirth as the nation’s premier pathway to higher education and sustainable careers across a wide range of industries, work settings, and geographic regions.”

Department of Labor Publishes Rules to Modernize National Apprenticeship System

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration released updated regulations for the National Apprenticeship System. The Office of Apprenticeship has launched a new resource to provide you with information and to keep you updated on new developments related to these regulations.

Apprenticeship Inventory Report

The modern system of formal apprenticeship was constituted in federal law by the Fitzgerald Act (National Apprenticeship Act) of 1937. The Act established rules governing the creation of Registered Apprenticeship programs and gave the U.S. Department of Labor the authority to set minimum standards for the health, safety, and welfare of individuals in apprenticeship programs. The Department of Labor’s
Office of Apprenticeship currently lists over one thousand officially recognized apprenticeable occupations.

If not college, then what?

(CNN) -- At dinner tables throughout the United States, there are tough conversations about the exploding cost of college, the rough job market, the pain of debt.

For parents and students, it adds up to the same question: Is college worth it?
But American University economics Professor Robert Lerman is asking something different: If college isn't worth it, what else is out there? Read More...

Harvard and Georgetown Reports: RA's Role in Preparing Americans for Good Jobs

Increasingly, discussions around training U.S. workers and preparing our young adults for today’s competitive labor market center on an area that is embedded in the Registered Apprenticeship model. More than ever, discussions are focusing on the importance of providing education and training that provide the opportunity to earn a certificate or credential that represents achievement of a certain skill level – something a Registered Apprenticeship Completion certificate clearly provides. Read More...

US Department of Labor approves standards for direct support professional occupation under national Registered Apprenticeship system

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has approved national guidelines for apprenticeship standards for the occupation of direct support professional. These standards will enable employers to use ETA’s Registered Apprenticeship program to train workers for careers in the long-term care sector of the health care industry. Read the News Release...

New Members of Advisory Council on Apprenticeship Named

A little good advice can go a long ways towards developing policies and programs that get more Americans into good jobs. The department has announced the appointment of new members to the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Comprised of approximately 30 individuals representing labor unions, employers and the public, the ACA's mission includes providing advice and recommendations on the development and implementation of policies, legislation and regulations affecting apprenticeship; and preparing the American workforce for sustained employment through employment and training programs. An open meeting of the ACA will be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-28. Read the News Release...

US Department of Labor announces availability of $1.8 million to assist women in non-traditional occupations

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $1.8 million in funds for up to six Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations grants.

"In the America of the 21st century, the role of women in the workplace should be defined by their training and abilities, not their gender," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants recognize that women can — and do — excel in a wide range of professions, from construction and manufacturing to science and engineering. The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping all women gain the skills and on-the-job training that will lead to their long-term success, and I am pleased that today's announcement brings us closer to that goal."

The grants, jointly administered by the department's Women's Bureau and its Employment and Training Administration's Office of Apprenticeship, will support preparatory apprenticeship opportunities for women entering the construction industry and other non-traditional sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and green jobs. Grant funding also will support the training of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, employers and labor unions to improve recruitment, selection and retention strategies for women in non-traditional occupations.

Eligible applicants include community-based organizations that form a consortium with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor in targeted industries. Organizations must demonstrate their experience in either directly providing or securing job training services, and providing placement and support services to women. Registered Apprenticeship programs will be responsible for placing women in employment through apprenticeship programs in the targeted industries.

The solicitation for grant applications is published in today's Federal Register. Please refer to the notice for specific eligibility requirements, the closing dates for applications and other submission requirements. It is available at

For more information about Women's Bureau programs visit Visit to learn more about the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs and initiatives.

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Get Connected and Stay Connected!!

We launched the Registered Apprenticeship Community of Practice (CoP) and asked all of you to join us to help build an online community where we could learn from one another, share successful approaches and models, and advance Registered Apprenticeship efforts and activities. Thanks to you, our community has grown to become a nationwide network of resources, articles, best practices and personal stories and experiences specific to Registered Apprenticeship.

The Community of Practice offers the following features:

E-lert capability to provide you with daily updates about new CoP content;
• An RSS feed to provide you with immediate news and image gallery updates;
• A live chat feature that allows you to discuss ideas, challenges, solutions with your colleagues and with experts across the country…anytime, on-demand;
• New resources related to “hot topics” such as green jobs and Recovery Act activities;
• Reorganized menus and quick searches to help you find more targeted resources, faster, and in a multitude of ways;
• Access to our Registered Apprenticeship communities on Facebook and Twitter;
• Targeted Community space for stakeholder groups such as apprentices and sponsors;
• Enhanced industry-specific tools and resources in sectors such as aerospace, geospatial technology, and healthcare; and
• A wide array of fresh content, including videos, tutorials, marketing and outreach materials, and promising practices.


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