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Adult Education and Pre-Apprenticeship – a Promising Partnership!

Quality pre-apprenticeship programs provide pathways to apprenticeship for under-represented, disadvantaged, or low-skilled individuals.  Successful programs incorporate industry-approved training and curriculum, integrate hands-on training, lead to industry-recognized credentials, and provide robust supportive services.  Pre-apprenticeship programs do not stand alone; quality programs partner directly with apprenticeship sponsors and include explicit pathways into apprenticeship programs (and other employment opportunities) for successful participants.

These characteristics of pre-apprenticeship programs make them a great option for the adults and youth who receive services through Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.  Across the country, ABE providers are partnering with or operating pre-apprenticeship programs and providing a recruitment pipeline into pre-apprenticeships.  For example:

In Delaware, Sussex Technical School partnered with the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship and the local Adult High School to create a 1-year electrical pre-apprenticeship program for the ESL population.  ​They created an integrated instructional class that runs… Read more →

Managing Performance to Drive Innovation and Continuous Improvement

Through our work across the country, we have noticed an exciting trend – an increased focus by states and regions on using data collection, analysis, and continuous improvement techniques to actively manage their WIOA performance. This increased focus is key because although WIOA encourages workforce systems to experiment with new and innovative service delivery strategies, we all know that testing innovation may also risk your program’s ability to meet and exceed WIOA initially. Trying something new is an experiment – it’s risky and doesn’t always translate immediately to success as defined by WIOA.  

The good news is there are strategies to mitigate this risk, maximize your outcomes and free you up to try innovative ideas and strategies. For example, our data analysis (and direct work with state and local clients) suggest that confusion around both the indicators’ intent and… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Maher Team at NAWB Conference: Premier of our Merger with IMPAQ!

Several members of the Maher Team spent last week mingling with workforce pros at the National Association of Workforce Board’s (NAWB) annual conference in Washington, D.C. Over the years we see the NAWB Conference as one of a few, key national meetings that keeps us connected with our colleagues and clients in the Workforce Development System, and also keeps us connected to important trends and challenges across the United States.

This year was particularly special for us, however, as we premiered our new relationship with IMPAQ following our much talked about acquisition by them at the end of 2017. IMPAQ and Maher staff worked together to staff our booth and briefed visitors on our new, combined capabilities that bring broader offerings and increased capacity to our clients in the U.S. and internationally.

“It was so great networking with so many friends… Read more →

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