National Apprenticeship Week 2017 Highlights:
Philly Shipyard hosted School District of Philadelphia Career and Technical Education students for an Apprentice Awareness Day where they provided an overview of the shipbuilding industry, gave a hands-on demonstration and a tour of the facilities.
JEVS Human Services hosted high school students at their “bridge to Employment: How Apprenticeship Jump-start a Career” event with current and former apprentices.
SPIN took the opportunity to honor their Direct Support Professional apprentices, mentors, and staff at various Apprentice Champion Recognition at various locations throughout the week.
Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region hosted an open house where attendees learned about apprenticeship opportunities that lead to family sustaining careers in the Drywall Finishing, Glazing and Glass Working, Commercial Painting, Bridge Painting and Wall Covering Industries.
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund hosted a Health Career Fair where 175 Philadelphia High School students listened to plenary speakers about Apprenticeship and careers in the Healthcare field. Most of the day was spent in rotating workshops which provided students firsthand experience from speakers in five health career sectors.
Urban Technology Project hosted an event “Apprenticeship: From Handshake to Hired” which was an employer panel and networking event discussing why employers should consider the apprenticeship model as a way to invest in a diverse and knowledgeable workforce and to retain talent.
Bucks County Community College held a Meat/Meet the Apprentices event that raises funding for their meat cutting and processing event apprenticeship program.
The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 14 held an open house to introduce potential apprentices to their trade.
Partner Spotlight: Finishing Trades Institute
Through their Vocational Internship Program (VIP), Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) offers high school students across Philadelphia a pathway to union apprenticeship programs offered at FTI, including welding, industrial painting/drywall finishing, glaziers and more. Currently, FTI takes 60 high school juniors and seniors and provides them with one day of vocational and safety education per week for a period of 15 weeks twice a school year.
“It’s extremely important that we develop and train a skilled workforce from today’s students, so that we may combat the predicted shortage of skilled tradespeople in the future,” said Sen. John Sabatina Jr. in a statement. “These opportunities provided via professional and technical training offer students a future career path that delivers lucrative and family sustaining jobs.”
With the support of a grant from the Philadelphia School Partnership the Finishing Trades Institute will be able to expand this program to reach more of Philadelphia’s youth. A ceremony with School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite and Mayor Jim Kenney took place on Thursday, November 30th at FTI to make the announcement of the expansion.
“Through the Vocational Internship Program, we have been able to introduce students from across the city to lucrative careers in building trades,” said Dennis McDonough, recruitment coordinator for the Finishing Trades Institute in a statement. “Our program not only prepares students for real jobs, but also gives them an academic foundation that prepares them to be successful in life.”
Past Partners Spotlight:
Apprentice Spotlight: Knatosh Williams-Walker, District 1199C
In March of 2017, Knatosh Williams-Walker began as a pre-apprentice with the behavioral health and intellectual disabilities program at 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund.
Since graduating on June 2, Knatosh has been working at Kensington Community Corporation for Individual Dignity. Knatosh praises the program for being extremely helpful while supporting its participants and learning new information that has helped him with his job. When asked if he would recommend this program to his peers Knatosh explains, “I 100% recommend this program to those who are truly interested in helping others. If you are invested in helping those in need or with a disability, this program is for you. 1199C helps with transportation, financial advice, professional profiles, and certificates to be eligible to work in the field.”
Q: What Registered Apprenticeship program or pre-apprenticeship program are you currently participating in?
A: I have graduated from the 1199c Training & Upgrading Fund’s Pre-Apprenticeship program and am currently stationed at Kensington Community Corporation for Individual Dignity.
Q: When did you start and when do you anticipate completing the program?
A: I began May 24th, 2017 and graduated June 2nd, 2017
Q: What were you doing prior to the program (employment, education, etc)?
A: Before I learned about the Pre- Apprenticeship I was an on- call dish washer for a company right below the 1199c main offices.
Q: How did you find out about the apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program you are currently participating in?
A: My cousin showed me a flyer promoting the program and it seemed like the right program for me.
Q: What do you hope to gain during your program (skills, networking, credentials)?
A: I was hoping to gain a career from the program.
Q: What is a valuable lesson you have learned while participating in your program?
A: I have learned a lot while here. I’ve learned that alcohol/drug abuse is a disease and usually stems from chemical imbalances in a person’s brain.
Q: What do you feel are the advantages and benefits you gain from participating in an apprenticeship program?
A: I have multiple certificates in Behavioral Health, an opportunity to earn 30 college credits, and a very supportive staff behind me.
Q: What do you see yourself doing upon completing this program?
A: I hope to help more people become aware of the imbalances in humans and provide a better understanding to those who need medical help. I also hope to become a social worker, helping people with disabilities get treatment and care.
Q: Do you feel other youth could benefit from programs such as these?
A: I 100% recommend this program to those who are truly interested in helping others. If you are invested in helping those in need or with a disability, this program is for you. 1199c helps with transportation, financial advice, professional profiles, and certificates to be eligible to work in the field.
Past Apprentice Spotlights:
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:
- Expand existing apprenticeships in high-growth industries to engage multiple employers.
- Build standardized, employer-validated pre-apprenticeship curricula that will be replicated across opportunity-youth-serving employment and training programs.
- 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.
Congratulations to the following newly approved Registered Apprenticeship programs throughout South Eastern PA!
- Accurate Marking & Manufacturing
- B. Braun Medical Inc – Tool & Die Maker
- Bucks County Intermediate Unit – Registered Behavior Technician
- CVS Health – Retail Pharmacy Technician
- Penn College of Technology – Mechatronics and Computer Numerical Control occupations
*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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