On November 14th, 2018 Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. hosted an Apprenticeship Accelerator event during National Apprenticeship Week. Employers were provided an opportunity to hear a business minded approach to leveraging the apprenticeship model to attract, train and retain a diverse and engaged workforce.
Nearly 40 employers represented a vibrant cross-section of construction, manufacturing and logistics industry employers. Guests met and heard from apprentices and shared in congratulating the most recent cohort of youth apprentices completing front loaded related instruction. TransPORTs (a U.S. DOL national contracted industry partner) assisted in discussions and presented an in-depth explanation of how effective Registered Apprenticeships work.
Audience learned about the components and flexibility of Registered Apprenticeship programs and the President’s Executive Order on Apprenticeship. Information was provided on state and local in initiatives that assist businesses in meeting their workforce needs.
Daniel Villao - Deputy Administrator, Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship
A panel of employers and workforce partners discussed how apprenticeship has be used to provide a pipeline of talent in an expanding economy. Employers, program sponsors and workforce partners discussed how they collaborated to leverage resources to support Registered Apprenticeship programs.
Moderator: Daniel Villao - Deputy Administrator, Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, Panel: Susan Dixon - Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast, Drew Heron - Empire Steel Barbara Murray - TransPORTs Guy St. John - Oceaneering International
A USDOL national contracted industry partner, TransPORTs explained how apprenticeship intermediaries can support employers and apprenticeship sponsors. Audience was provided in-depth information on how to launch a program that meet needs of employers with growing workforce needs.
Barbara Murray - Executive Director, TransPORTs
A panel of workforce professionals discussed how Registered Apprenticeship is an effective strategy to employ transitioning service members, veterans, young adults and other underserved populations. Audience learned how apprenticeship can support an employer’s culture by providing clear pathways for career progression.
Moderator: Carlos Pulido, Panel: Susan Dixon - Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast, Robert Deatherage - Bechtel, Crosby Brito - Workforce Solutions
Many youth face significant barriers to starting a career, including: aging out of foster care, homelessness, reentry from justice system. It is difficult to gain an education when a person is focused on trying to survive. Apprenticeship allows a worker to earn apprentice wages while receiving credentialed training in a skilled occupation. Empire Steel was presented the Youth Employer Apprenticeship Award for employing and providing career pathways to youth faced with significant barriers.
Presented to Empire Steel Erectors, LP: Todd Gunnels, Spike Tinsley and Drew Heron
Veterans face many challenges as they attempt to start a career after transitioning from military service. Many are faced with choosing between higher education and earning an income. Apprenticeship allows a veteran to earn apprentice wages while receiving an education in a skilled occupation. Bechtel was presented the Veteran Employer Apprenticeship Award for employing and providing meaningful career pathways to veterans and transitioning service members.
Presented to Bechtel: David Haley
Apprenticeships assist in closing the skills gap that employers experience while reducing unemployment and providing a debt-free career pathways. Apprenticeship eases the transition from school or military service to a career, and removes barriers for students and veterans, including those with disabilities. Commissioner Julian Alvarez III from Texas Workforce Commission was presented with the Apprenticeship Ambassador Award for his constant passion and effort to promote Registered Apprenticeship to employers, education and the public.
Presented to Texas Workforce Commission: Julian Alvarez III - Commissioner Representing Labor
Individuals with barriers to employment often must focus on surviving instead of their future. Workforce agencies are uniquely positioned to develop partnerships among their customers: employers, apprenticeship sponsors and jobseekers. Crosby Brito and Megan Ryan from Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast – Employer Division were presented with the Workforce Partner Apprenticeship Award for assisting local apprenticeship sponsors and employers in a debt-free career path for young people as well as transitioning service members.
Presented to Workforce Solutions - Gulf Coast (Employer Division): Crosby Brito and Megan Ryan
Commissioners Julian Alvarez and Robert Thomas and Director Desi Holmes presented Carlos Pulido and Nicholas Morgan with proclamation from Governor Abbott.
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