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IMPAQ/Maher Education Fund Announces Awardees

Today, IMPAQ and Maher & Maher announced the awardees of the IMPAQ/Maher Education Fund.

Through Maher & Maher's background in workforce development technical assistance, and IMPAQ’s expertise in workforce development research, we recognize the valuable contributions that workforce boards make toward advancing occupational readiness and preparing job seekers for good jobs in growth sectors.

The IMPAQ/Maher Education Fund provides grants to workforce boards and intermediaries in Maryland and New Jersey, to help expand and extend their services. These grants will supplement other forms of workforce funding and allow local leaders maximum flexibility in designing, implementing, and measuring local workforce development programs.

After a competitive application process, three $20,000 grants were awarded:

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (Millersville, MD) will be using funds to implement a Patient Care Technician (PCT) Pipeline Program, which will recruit, support, and place PCTs… Read more →

Beth Brinly Appointed to SREB Commission

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 →

Modern Apprenticeships – An Industry-Driven Solution to Closing the Skills Gap

Think that apprenticeships can’t work in innovative industries? Think again. Innovative programs are proving that modern apprenticeships work in industries such as cybersecurity, finance, software development, and healthcare, just to name a few. Private sector employers are partnering with each other, educators, and workforce development professionals to implement programs that meet their unique talent challenges. Modern apprenticeships are helping these companies access an immediate pool of workers and build a pipeline of skilled talent for the future. 

The shortage of skilled workers in the United States is a crisis that will only increase unless we immediately implement innovative, agile, short- and long-term solutions. We currently have almost 6 million jobs that cannot be filled due to a growing skills gap in our nation’s workforce, and U.S. businesses will need to fill 18.7 million job openings by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.… Read more →

Maher & Maher Announces API Leadership Committee

This summer, Maher & Maher, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, launched the Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative. Maher & Maher is now excited to announce that we have assembled a cross-sector leadership committee for this important initiative. The API Leadership Committee will help to guide and inform Maher & Maher’s important role in expanding apprenticeship in innovative industries across the country.

The API initiative is a nationwide effort to scale the proven model of apprenticeship, both through Registered Apprenticeship programs and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. The initiative will be concentrated in several industries that have a growing supply of high-paying jobs, are driving the American economy, and are shaping the future of work.

Maher & Maher is ideally positioned to lead the API initiative as a world-class workforce development organization that helps to bridge policy interventions with the needs… Read more →

4 Key Strategies for Sustainable Apprenticeship Expansion

It’s National Apprenticeship Week – a celebration of business, labor, education, community, and government support for apprenticeship as a work-based learning strategy.  As part of that celebration, we’re reflecting on the important work states are doing to expand the number of businesses and industries that use apprenticeship as a talent development strategy, while increasing the numbers of youth and adults participating in apprenticeship programs.

Maher & Maher is working alongside states in this important work.  As we support states in their efforts, we’re seeing states focus on four key strategies that set them up for long-term, sustainable growth. 

Strengthening alignment between apprenticeship and education and workforce systems.  States are moving away from siloed apprenticeship systems, and aligning apprenticeship with higher education, career and technical education, and the workforce investment system.  Maryland, Kentucky, Nevada, and… 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 →

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 →

The Longpath: Building a Workforce System for the Future

There was an air of excitement when upwards of 1,000 people from across North Carolina came together last week for the annual NCWorks Partnership Conference to learn and discuss topics around “Back to the Future: The Next 30 Years.” Maher & Maher was there to present at the North Carolina Workforce Board Association pre-conference, as well as several sessions – Washington Update, WIOA Fundamentals and Service Strategies Backward Mapping – at the conference itself. I was also invited to participate in the “Futurist Five” general session.

During the Futurist Five session, we talked quite a bit about the power of partnerships and key ingredients for their success, including the involvement of community partners, leveraging sector partnerships, having staff with heart and passion, partnering for the longpath, and doing it with style and swagger. 

This idea of the longpath, as articulated by Ari… Read more →

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