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Join Us to Celebrate the 3rd Annual National Apprenticeship Week – November 13-19, 2017! 

Read the proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf declaring National Apprenticeship Week in PA.

Read the proclamation from Mayor Jim Kenney declaring National Apprenticeship Week in Philadelphia.

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region  will host an Open House on Monday, November 13, 2017, 10:00am to 2:00pm, 2190 Horning Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19116.

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 14 will host an Open House on Monday, November 13, 2017, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, 2014 Horning Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19116.  

Philly Shipyard  will host School District of Philadelphia Career and Technical Education students on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 10:30am to 1:30pm, 1901 Kitty Hawk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112 for an Apprentice Awareness Day.

Bucks County Community College  will hold a meat cutting and processing event that raises funding for the apprenticeship program at Meat/Meet the Apprentices on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, starting at 10:00am, 275 Swamp Rd. Newtown, PA 18940.

CVS Health and Philadelphia Job Corps will hold a CVS Health Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship: Celebration and Information Session on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, starting at 10am, Philadelphia Job Corps, 2810 S 20th St, Bldg 12, Philadelphia, PA 19145.  

Urban Technology Project will hold an Apprenticeship: From Handshake to Hired – Employer Panel & Networking Event on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Benjamin’s Desk, 1608 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19110.            

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund  will highlight healthcare apprenticeships at the Health Career Fair on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 9:30am to 1:00pm, Land Title Building, 100 S Broad St, 10th Fl, Philadelphia, PA 19110.

JEVS Human Services will host high school and other students at Bridge to Employment: How Apprenticeships Jumpstart a Career with current and former apprentices on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 8:45am to 11:30am, Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19114.  

SPIN will be honoring their Direct Support Professional apprentices, mentors, and staff at Apprentice Champion Recognitions at various locations throughout the week.

Please check back regularly for updates. 

 Can’t make it? Looking for additional ways to get involved?

For any questions, contact Mark Genua, Apprenticeship Program Director, at mgenua@philaworks.org     

Past Partner Spotlights:

1199C Training & Upgrading Fund  

Urban Technology Project pre-apprentices on the job

Photo Credit: Urban Technology Project

Wistar Institute Partner Spotlight

Apprentice Spotlight:  Tyrrell Minerva, Urban Technology Project

Q: What is your name, age and hometown?

A: Tyrrell Minerva, 21-years-old, Philadelphia

Q: What RA Program or Pre-apprenticeship program are you participating in? When did you start and when do you finish?

A: I am currently participating in a pre-apprenticeship program under the AmeriCorps Digital Service Fellow working specifically with the Urban Technology Project (UTP). I started October 5, 2015, and I will finish August 4, 2017.

Q: What were you doing before you were an apprentice or pre-apprentice?

A: I was working for a temporary staffing agency.

Q: What sparked your interest in applying for and eventually accepting a position as an apprentice or pre-apprentice?

A: What really sparked my interest was learning more valuable computer skills rather than just knowing basic-level fixes.

Q: What are you hoping to gain from this apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program?

A: I am hoping to gain more valuable knowledge in the field of computers and technology as well as earning certifications.

Q: What has been the most valuable lesson learned so far while working through your apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship?

A: The most valuable lesson I have learned is you really have to dedicate your time in your studies and be a great worker even though it’s an apprenticeship. You have limited time to make a first impression and achieve your goals.

Q: What are you looking forward to most in the time remaining of your program?

A: I look forward to becoming certified in Apple products and then becoming certified in the CompTIA A+ certification.

Q: What do you feel are the advantages of an apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program?

A: There are many advantages in the apprenticeship program. Every time you’re in the field, you’re always learning something new. If you happen to make a mistake, it’s used as a learning experience. This is a place where we can learn and make mistakes without the fear of being immediately fired. We also receive perks such as vouchers for certifications and transpasses for traveling from site to site.

Q: What do you hope to achieve after you complete this program?

A: After I complete this program, I hope to land a great job in the IT workforce. I also plan to develop my studies through different interests and projects.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to other potential apprentices or pre-apprentices who are thinking about starting on the same career pathway as you?

A: My advice is whatever you put into the program is what you get out. Don’t be afraid to take initiative on trying to make something happen. Turn your weaknesses into strengths so you can better yourself.

Q: Would you recommend apprenticeships or pre-apprenticeships to other people?

A: I would most definitely recommend it to people. It’s a good way to search for a career, especially one that would make you happy.

Q: What are your hobbies/how do you pass the time outside of your apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship?

A: My hobbies are playing video games, watching action movies, boxing, and working out to keep happy.

Q: If you could trade places with anyone in the history of the world, who would it be and why?

A: I would trade places with George Washington our first president. The reason for that is he had to run America with nothing to go off, just pure knowledge and creative ideas.

Q: Please share one fun fact about yourself!

A: I am a big fan of boxing. I love the sport. It’s great in so many ways and brings out the potential you thought you didn’t have.

Past Apprentice Spotlights:

Brittany Fowler: 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Southeast PA Region Apprenticeship Initiative: Pathways for Opportunity Youth in Information Technology and Behavioral Health Careers

The Southeast PA Regional Apprenticeship Initiative offers opportunity youth – those age 16 to 24 who are neither in-school nor working – the ability to train in two high-demand career fields through apprenticeships with area businesses. As a collaborative effort between five counties comprising the Southeast Pennsylvania (SEPA) Region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia), Philadelphia Works is the project leader for this effort, whose goals are to:

  1. Expand existing apprenticeships in high-growth industries to engage multiple employers.
  2. Build standardized, employer-validated pre-apprenticeship curricula that will be replicated across opportunity-youth-serving employment and training programs.
  3. Create an oversight structure to ensure opportunity-youth-serving systems alignment.

This $2.9 million grant creates a valuable talent pool for employers like Jarvus and Springboard Media, both of which were among the first employers to sign on to the program, as well as creating career pathways for up to 500 youth over the five year grant period, becoming trained for jobs in information technology as CSS and IT Specialists, and as Behavioral Health Technicians.

The curricula for pre-apprenticeship training has been standardized and validated by employers, ensuring that apprentices have the foundational skills needed when they enter the apprenticeship with a participating business. The curricula are publicly available and can by adopted by educational partners for career technical education, out of school youth, or TANF employment and training programs.

Learn more and get involved by calling 215-963-2100.  

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Congratulations to the following newly approved Registered Apprenticeship programs throughout South Eastern PA! 

*If you would like to download a complete listing of Registered Apprenticeships in the SEPA region, click here.  Please note – Although this list will be updated regularly, we cannot guarantee that all Registered Apprenticeships listed are active/accepting new apprentices at this time. 

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Mark Genua

Apprenticeship Program Director

Email:  mgenua@philaworks.org

Phone:  215.854.1988