There are many important online resources for those interested in apprenticeship programs:
ApprenticeshipUSA is a program offered through the US Department of Labor. It is an initiative designed to expand and support a wide range of apprenticeship programs across the US. It develops mechanisms and infrastructures to support expansion and builds partnerships to accelerate adoption and innovation. The group recruits apprenticeship leaders who help to promote apprenticeship programs and advance innovation.
For more information on ApprenticeshipUSA, visit www.dol.gov/apprenticeship.
Midwest Transportation Workforce Center
The Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) is a regional surface transportation workforce center funded by the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MTWC is led by Dr. Teresa Adams and affiliated with the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education.
For more information on the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center, visit mtwc.org.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security is in full support mode for ALL bona fide apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs as exemplified by the 120+ partnerships listed on their Apprenticeship Web sites for job seekers, and for employers and trades. Transportation Industry apprenticeships are increasing in demand thanks to the competent training and mentoring fostered by employer partnerships with community colleges and technical institutions in leading the way.
Tooling U-SME “Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework” offers a full suite of implementation services to help workforce educators and the manufacturing industry align the necessary knowledge and skill requirements with the needs of their business.
The ROI of this process will give a clear curriculum and OJT roadmap for developing the next generation of journeymen.
The following links provide some excellent information on apprenticeships, education, training, industry, and more: