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Using Apprenticeship to Create Pathways from Prison to the Workplace

Apprenticeship is a workforce solution that transcends industry and demographic population. For many incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, obstacles such as lower levels of educational attainment, lack of experience, a criminal record, and extended periods of unemployment make re-entering the workforce challenging. The basic components of apprenticeship offer incarcerated individuals the opportunity to overcome these obstacles – on-the-job training that provides work experience, education that provides job-related instruction, and a nationally-recognized credential that shows employers they can do the job. That’s important, because in addition to providing these individuals a pathway to work, apprenticeship offers societal benefits like reductions in recidivism and lower unemployment, which means, among other things, lower costs to the taxpayers.

The State of Iowa is embracing apprenticeship to upskill its workforce, including those who have been incarcerated. As a recipient of a U.S. Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Expansion grant,… Read more →

Workforce Alignment to Address Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across the nation and we are now seeing clear impacts to regional, as well as statewide, labor force participation rates. While data is still being gathered we know that in 2015, 919,400 prime-age individuals were not in the labor force due to opioids; and between 1999 and 2015, the decline in labor force participation cumulatively cost the economy 12.1 billion work hours and $702.1 billion in real output.

A number of public programs are aimed at addressing the health care and sociological impacts of this specific drug, as well as drug use generally. Yet, we have only just begun to address both the short-term and long-term workforce and economic impacts. Maher/IMPAQ has been following this issue closely for the past couple of years and we believe strongly that state and local level alignment—that includes the workforce system as a key partner—is essential… Read more →

Apprenticeship: Engaging Businesses Where They Are

by Gerald P. Ghazi, J.D.

Beekeeping.  Cloud Operations Specialist.  Certified Nursing Assistant.  Hotel Manager.  Aerospace Engineer.  What do these all have in common?  They are all apprenticeships.  More businesses in more industry sectors are starting to think about apprenticeship as a talent development solution.  Apprenticeship is a flexible, cost-effective model that can be adapted to almost any position across sectors.

Despite all this, why is it sometimes hard to get businesses interested in apprenticeship and a challenge to “close the deal”?  I frequently hear from business engagement professionals – whether from an apprenticeship office, community college, the workforce development system, or an industry intermediary – how challenging it is to get businesses on board to start an apprenticeship or self-identify that what they are already doing as part of their workforce development strategy… Read more →

Maher & Maher and IMPAQ to Help USDOL Expand Apprenticeship Nationwide

For Immediate Release

Maher & Maher and IMPAQ to Help USDOL Expand Apprenticeship Nationwide

August 9, 2018 | Columbia, MD

Leading talent development firm Maher & Maher is excited to partner with the public policy experts at IMPAQ International to launch the Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The United States has a long history of apprenticeships, and in the past few years, their resurgence has helped American companies acquire skilled talent and helped job seekers secure meaningful careers.

The goals of the API initiative are to gain a better understanding of the level of apprenticeships in the private sector across the United States and accelerate the adoption of apprenticeships in key industry sectors.

"Apprenticeships have the potential to both increase the nation’s talent pool and increase access to high-paying… Read more →

Apprenticeship Expansion and the Role of Community Colleges

This week I was in gorgeous Missoula, MT at the NGA Summer Workforce Liaisons meeting, with Stephanie Veck, Maher’s new project director for industry engagement in apprenticeships and work-based learning.  We were not at all surprised that apprenticeship was once again a topic of conversation among state workforce leaders across the country.  It is a timely discussion as the Office of Apprenticeship has awarded another round of State Apprenticeship Expansion grants.  Topics regarding innovations and challenges included the evolution of the definition of apprenticeship and resulting culture change, as well as the expansion of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship.  Legislative initiatives, reorganizational efforts, infrastructure, funding apprenticeship and messaging to targeted populations like parent and guidance counselors were also highlighted.  Maher has been a proud partner in many of these areas and is working with organizations at the local, state and national level to… Read more →

Maher Announces Stephanie J. Veck, New Project Director for Industry Engagement, Apprenticeship, and Work-Based Learning

Maher & Maher, an IMPAQ Company, the New Jersey-based specialized change management and training consulting firm, today announced that Stephanie Veck will be joining the Firm's Federal Workforce Solutions Practice. Ms. Veck, formerly the Managing Director of Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC), under Governor John Hickenlooper, will join Maher as Project Director for Industry Engagement, Apprenticeship, and Work-Based Learning.

"Stephanie Veck is a dynamic addition to our Firm," said Beth A. Brinly, the company's Vice President of Workforce Innovation. "She has been an innovator and collaborator in her state, across the nation and with the federal system," she continued. "Over her professional life Stephanie has been working toward sensible systems-change through volunteer work, managing her own companies, and in her work with the State of Colorado. Over the last eight years she has been a leader in developing industry engagement strategies; working with multiple… Read more →

TIME:  E-leaders Flip the Team

This is the first of a four-part series on e-leadership and its critical influence in today’s virtual teams.

Time is one of our most critical assets and we never seem to have enough of it. What is a top workplace time suck?  Inefficient meetings! Ask yourself, “What does a usual face-to-face team meeting look like?”  Is it that agendas are reviewed, presentations are made, action items are discussed, and next steps are planned over a designated period of time that seems like forever?

A good e-leader does not simply do what many organizations do, which is to move this same traditional meeting approach to an online arena without changing the format. An effective e-leader rethinks the meeting design to produce a real impact when engaging virtual teams and making the most of their time.  Shifting the online meeting… Read more →

Agility and Continuous Learning Essential Components to Economic Success

At Maher, we love to share insights into trends that impact the world of Talent Development.  Across the board, in both our Private and Public-sector clients, we are seeing growth in the investment of training, technical assistance and performance support work.  The goal is to expedite onboarding to dynamic processes or policies, and provide ongoing upskilling to address the ever-prevalent cycles of change in the workplace. 

It isn’t surprising to Maher, as Change Management and Talent Development experts, that a culture of agility and continuous learning are key indicators of an organization’s ability to compete in today’s economic times.  However, the pace of technological change leaves us asking, How do we accurately predict what skills are most critical to our success in the future?

A LinkedIn article entitled, How do we train workers for jobs… Read more →

Congrats, Dr. Jen Chingwe!

Congratulations to Jen on receipt of her Ed.D. in the Design of Learning Environments from Rutgers University! 

Jen diligently completed and defended her dissertation on Affordances of Community of Inquiry Methods in Measuring and Evaluating Teaching Presence to Guide Practice, while working full time at Maher, and being a mother of teenage twins. 

Jen has brought a new level of expertise to our firm spearheading some of our most innovative technology-driven learning including the MOOC, Leading Change While Implementing Innovation, for Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) leadership, and online peer problem-solving cohort groups for leadership implementing the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

Additionally, she expanded Maher’s online Academy on Lean Principles and designed and developed University platforms on topics such as Sales, Sales Management and a multitude of operations functions. 

Jen has also provided… Read more →

How Do I Learn?

An Interview with Maher General Manager and IMPAQ Executive Vice President, Tina Barretto

As a busy executive at Maher and IMPAQ, I would like to understand how you approach your professional development. Since Maher is a Talent Development firm, we believe sharing our personal development journeys with peers and organizations is just one way we can expand our commitment to continuous learning and the upskilling of our workforce.  I would like to share a little about your passion for learning, so, let me ask you…

“Why do you think professional development is so important today?”

Professional development should be an important part of everyone’s career path. We should continue to strive to make ourselves more marketable, by learning a new skill or content area. This not only makes the individual feel more productive and good about themselves, it also… Read more →

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