Techniques Magazine Techniques March 2011 : Page 27

21st Century Apprenticeships: PartnershiPs and technologies By GAYLA STONER, BRuCE BIRD AND JOhN GAAL hile concerns for skill shortages within the world of trades workers have been a focal point of a variety of recent studies and reports, the reactive alarm has not been sounded in the modernized registered apprentice-ship program. Registered apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job learning (OJL) and related classroom and shop instruction. There are more than 1,000 careers registered through apprentice-ship programs with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Train-ing Administration’s (ETA) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) or federally recog-nized State Apprenticeship Agencies. A number of existing federally registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs) have Embracing Nontraditional W proven to be proactive and forward-thinking in their approach to meeting the needs of skilled trades workers. Several such programs are overseen by John Gaal, director of training and work-force development for the Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity; Gaal recently completed seven years of service as a member of the DOL’s Federal Advisory Committee on Ap-prenticeship. To be sure, Gaal played an instrumental role in expanding the Code of Federal Regulation’s Title 29, Part 29’s (29CFR29) venues for approved training, to include nontraditional aspects such as online coursework and instructor quality not previously considered. (For more on career and technical education (CTE) instructor quality, please refer to Certifying High-Quality CTE Educators in the January 2011 issue of Techniques. ) On October 29, 2008, the ETA issued updated regula-tions of the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937. Significant historical changes of the traditional apprenticeship training process are happening as a result of modi-fications to 29CFR29. 2010 Versus 1969 Study Manpower Inc. released the 2010 Talent Shortage Survey of 35,000 global employers in August 2010. First on the list of em-ployer challenges was the lack of skilled trades workers. Manpower’s analysis report of the survey noted a plethora of concerns for the skilled trades. The short-age of skilled trades workers stems from several problems, including the retire-March 2011 Techniques PhOTOS BY ISTOCk.COM 27

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