Techniques Magazine Techniques March 2011 : Page 25

“Collaborations between the CTE community and Registered Apprenticeship can only increase a worker’s ability to AttrAct employers.” education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma. And dropping out of high school is no longer an option.” Registered Apprenticeship helps workers meet that challenge. from this system in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing; now new generations are engaged in this unique model in emerging industries such as information technology and health care. Registered Apprenticeship has al-ways been able to successfully adapt to the changing needs of workers and employers, while never straying from the core belief that structured on-the-job training com-bined with related classroom instruction, are the best way to ensure U.S. workers remain the most skilled, highly trained workforce in the world. Collaborations between the CTE community and Registered Apprentice-ship can only increase a worker’s ability to attract employers. For more informa-tion on Registered Apprenticeship, we encourage you to visit the Registered Apprenticeship Community of Practice. Join other stakeholders and share in robust discussions on all things Registered Apprenticeship at https://21stcentury apprenticeship.workforce3one.org/ page/home . Jane Oates is the assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. John V. Ladd is the administrator for the Employment and Training Administration’s National Office of Apprenticeship. He can be contacted at ladd.john@dol.gov. Interested in exploring this topic further? Discuss it with your colleagues on the ACTE forums at www. acteonline.org/forum.aspx . Value of ra credential = $50,000 Finally, what is a Registered Apprentice-ship credential really worth? Data shows that apprentices who complete their pro-gram earn on average more than $50,000 per year. The average earning is actually $54,000, with many earning much more. A recent study conducted for Washington State by the UpJohn Institute (Workforce Training Results Report–December 2008) calculated that the net benefit of completing an apprenticeship program in the short term (2.5 years) was $50,000, while the lifetime benefit was nearly a quarter of a million dollars in additional earnings. The National Apprenticeship sys-tem has been a part of the fabric of the American dream since the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act, also known as the Fitzgerald Act, in 1937. Generations of workers have benefitted www.acteonline.org March 2011 Techniques 25

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