Since the first National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) in 2015, the buzz around apprenticeship has grown exponentially, with more than 1000 events including tours, conferences, podcasts, webinars, and more, all promoting the benefits of apprenticeship as a talent and workforce development tool. The sheer amount of information, perspectives and advice shared during NAW can be overwhelming, and organizations that are either just getting started in building their programs, or looking to expand and improve, may need help drilling down to the most important lessons from the week.
Although there are different approaches to building a successful apprenticeship program, the hallmarks of success are consistent across all of them. Successful programs offer the right technical components: in-depth, customized training that includes work-based learning, compensation, formal education, mentorship, and a market-valued credential upon completion. They also offer a way to engage and secure acceptance from stakeholders through active collaboration with both internal… Read more →
Determined to speed up efforts to close the skills gap, states are turning to work-based learning ecosystems as a more inclusive and coordinated structure to bring all stakeholders to the table. In a work-based learning ecosystem, partnerships of business, education, workforce development, and community organizations collaborate to prioritize opportunities, develop solutions, and implement sustainable training programs. Ecosystems align programs and resources to provide the full continuum of work-based learning, from career planning to internships to apprenticeship and more, to meet the talent needs of businesses.
Maher has identified the following common elements shared by states that are successfully implementing an ecosystem approach to work-based learning:Leadership and stakeholders from all partners of the ecosystem collaborate to identify common goals, priorities, and responsibilities for outcomes. Data and research combined with the expertise of each partner is used to identify opportunities and prioritize solutions. Assets of the ecosystem… Read more →
Maher & Maher is pleased to announce that our Vice President of Workforce Innovation, Beth Brinly, has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) Commission on Strategic Business Partnerships and Work-Ready Students. The Commission will conduct its work over the next two years (2018-2020). Beth said “I am delighted to serve on SREB’s Commission and share the exciting work going on at Maher and with our clients across the country in business-led partnerships in the education and workforce space.”
SREB’s Commission will bring together thought leaders representing business, education and workforce development agencies to promote strategic partnerships and promising practices that will lead to programs designed to prepare students who are ready to work. Commission members will work together to goal identify and promote promising practices to better engage businesses around strategic partnerships, robust career… Read more →
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 →
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 →
I recently spent some time touring India. We did the “northern route” (for those who know the terrain), and I was there on vacation, but learned important lessons about career training as well. Let me explain.
First, for the travelers among you, I started in Delhi, and moved on to Varanasi (Hindus make a pilgrimage there like Muslims might to Mecca), Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur and finished up in Mumbai (formerly Bombay).
It was a trip full of contrasts – from the busy streets of Old Delhi, to the Hindu priests and faithful on the banks of the Ganges, the Taj Mahal and opulent palaces of the Maharajas’, to the unspeakable condition of Mumbai’s slums. If you think there is a growing divide between the rich and poor in America … Read more →