The Mark Twain-ing of American Manufacturing

Posted by Collin Gutman on 10/6/17 8:50 AM

Mark Twain once famously said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  American manufacturing certainly seems able to make that claim.

After more than a decade of doomsayers touting the rise of Asian manufacturing, or Mexican manufacturing, or whatever location to which offshoring seems to start flowing next, IndustryWeek reported that American manufacturing is growing at its fastest pace in 13 years.1

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, workforce training

3 Ways Today's Apprenticeships Differ from Those of the Past

Posted by Collin Gutman on 9/15/17 6:56 PM

When most people hear the word “apprenticeship,” they envision the model that Europe has used for hundreds of years – young adults choosing to make horseshoes on an anvil rather than enrolling in higher education – substituting on the job learning for formal education. This Game of Thrones-like image is a completely outdated view on apprenticeship that holds back its development. The modern, American incarnation of apprenticeship, which is experiencing a renaissance in a world of severe labor shortages in skilled trades, differs in three crucial ways from the stereotype.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

How to Run a Successful Apprenticeship for Your Employees & Your Business

Posted by Tony Varamo on 7/6/17 1:36 PM

What sets one company apart from others in the industry they serve? Is it their equipment? Vendors? Materials? When those resources are consistently available to all businesses, the true differentiator becomes the employees that make the business run and deliver superior results to the customers. At MetroPower, we understand that satisfied employees create satisfied customers and recognize the need to invest in our people. A recent Bersin by Deloitte Learning Report noted that training and development are the most valued job benefits by millennials, validating the need to dedicate resources toward learning to attract and retain exceptional talent.1

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Topics: Training, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Industrial, Skilled Trades, Utilities

The Apprenticeship Guide: Registering Your Apprentice Program with State and Federal Agencies

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/22/17 6:09 PM

In 1937, the groundwork for the registered apprenticeship system was set by the Fitzgerald Act, which officially established the national apprenticeship system and empowered state agencies to register and administer apprenticeship programs. To this day, there are over 21,000 registered apprenticeship programs across the nation and over 500,000 apprentices working in those programs.1 With significant federal support being directed toward the apprenticeship system from the new administration, we see little signs of these workforce development programs slowing down. In his recent executive order, the president doubled the amount of money allocated for apprenticeship grants to $200 million a year.2

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

The Apprenticeship Guide: 5 Tips for Launching Your Own Apprentice Program

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/19/17 1:47 PM

While we often hear about apprentice programs in the skilled trades industries like construction and manufacturing, apprenticeships exist in over 1,000 occupations across the U.S., including Healthcare, Information Technology, and Energy.1 As a proven solution for employers to recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce, apprenticeship programs continue to receive significant support from the federal government. In fact, the Labor Department is pushing to expand apprenticeships into a wider range of fields, including retail, policing, and more.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades

“The Apprentice” For America: U.S. to Build Workforce with Apprenticeships

Posted by Collin Gutman on 6/16/17 3:31 PM

Earlier this week, President Trump announced his intention to expand apprenticeship programs as the cornerstone of his labor policy.1 He clearly sees apprenticeship as a skills gap solution – and not just a way to hire an assistant in front of a national audience.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

The Apprenticeship Guide: Why Combining Online Learning with Apprenticeship is a Game-Changer

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/5/17 3:44 PM

In 2016, the e-learning marketing was worth $166.5 billion; it is now estimated to grow to be worth $225 billion in 2017.1 With such rapid and colossal growth in the industry over the past decade, it is unsurprising that online learning has permeated almost all other industries, including those historically requiring more on-the-job training and hands-on work. However, as industries like manufacturing and utilities become increasingly high-tech and modernize their processes, so too do the learning approaches used by workers in these fields. 90% of academic leaders believe that by 2019, the majority of all college students will be taking at least one online course.2 As e-learning continues to expand, businesses in the skilled trades must innovate to incorporate this learning approach into their training programs.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Upskilling, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

The Apprenticeship Guide: Altering the Perception of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/23/17 4:27 PM

Dark, dirty, and dangerous. While the manufacturing industry has evolved dramatically over the last few decades, many Americans might still use these terms to describe a factory today. In fact, skilled trades industries across the board still suffer from the perception gap that the occupations in their fields involve dirty and low-level work, without much opportunity for career growth. In the second installment of our apprenticeship series, we will provide an overview of the perception gap in manufacturing in the U.S., why it is such a significant issue, and ways businesses can address the gap.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Training, Apprenticeship, Manufacturing

The Apprenticeship Guide: Why Developing Talent from Within is Great for Your Bottom Line

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/5/17 4:57 PM

When a company identifies the need to fill a job role or particular skill set, what is the first instinct of management? More often than not, employers gravitate toward recruiting the talent they need through hiring sites like Monster, Indeed, and more. However, what if the talent is simply not available? Many employers in manufacturing and construction are finding themselves in this exact position due to the skills gap in the skilled trades industries. A 2016 Department of Commerce (DOC) report notes that many firms often require employees to have a high level of company-specific knowledge that often cannot be found in the labor market.1 When positions are continually left open, employers must deal with the consequences of delivering products late or turning down work altogether.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Upskilling, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

How JWF Industries Uses Apprenticeship Programs to Upskill its Workforce

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 12/9/16 8:55 AM

In 2014, President Obama set a national goal to double the number of U.S. apprenticeships within 5 years, sparking a serious growth trend in the system. The next year, this goal was followed by the administration and Congress investing $265 million in new funding to support apprenticeship.1 As a result, more than 197,500 individuals entered the apprenticeship system nationwide in 2015 to obtain the skills they need to succeed in their career while earning the wages they need to build financial security.2

With middle-skilled jobs on the rise – and accounting for nearly 43% of all job growth between 2013 and 2015 – apprenticeships are needed to help workers learn the most in-demand skills.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial

 

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