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National Apprenticeship Week - READY SET BUILD on November 14th!

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 7, 2018 10:13:23 AM

 

READY. SET. BUILD! is an informational workforce expo that showcases the skilled trades throughout the construction industry. Job seekers will learn about the various trades through hands-on demonstrations and video presentations. Attendees will also meet union apprenticeship school directors and interact with contractors to learn the process for entering the construction industry. The Expo will provide information about job opportunities available during the construction of Bedrock developments including: the Hudson’s Site, Wayne County Criminal Justice Center and Monroe Blocks projects. 

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National Apprenticeship Week — November 12-18, 2018

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 2, 2018 4:28:35 PM

The fourth annual National Apprenticeship Week is coming and each year there’s more excitement and more events to attend. Students and employers can spend time together, take tours, learn about apprenticeship options and much more. Here are the public events in Michigan, which are among the hundreds planned nationwide.

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Growing Your Workforce With Pre-Apprenticeships

Posted by Aaron Price on Oct 29, 2018 1:42:00 PM

A few years ago, we did a gap analysis on our industry, and asked ourselves, “What will the employee pipeline look like in five years?”

Cadillac Asphalt is Michigan’s largest asphalt supplier, with the capacity to produce more than 4 million tons annually. We run seven paving crews with 200 employees during the heart of construction season. However, with the growing economy, potential road funding increases and pending retirements, Cadillac Asphalt predicts we will need to double our size by 2020. Filling the skilled trades employment gap is the biggest issue in the construction and infrastructure industries today, especially in Detroit.

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Building a Future in Flint one Brick at a Time

Posted by Rhonda Burke, Department of Labor on Nov 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Emily Williams likes a challenge. The petite 23-year-old Flint, Michigan, resident, originally studied criminal justice at Wayne County Community College. She also worked as a laborer in the concrete-casting industry, but struggled financially and had to stop taking classes.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships

Upper Peninsula Electrical Apprentice Finds Passion for Her Trade

Posted by Scott Allen, Department of Labor on Nov 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Erin Lakenen works full time at B&B Electric Inc. in Iron Mountain, Michigan. At just 22, the third-year apprentice electrician already owns her own home, and is an example of the benefits available to young women who pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades.

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America was Built by the Hands of Apprentices

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 14, 2017 9:14:00 AM

The history of apprenticeships dates back thousands of years, but written reference to this practice first surfaced about 4,000 years ago in the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, which stated that “artisans teach their crafts to the youth” so the skills learned can continue.

Obviously, a lot has changed in how apprenticeship programs have been run in the past 4,000 years, so let’s fast forward to modern times to see how the system has evolved.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Michigan Events

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to participate in an apprenticeship program instead of attending a college or university? National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is targeted towards people just like you — to help you discover what can be achieved with the #other4yeardegree. During last year’s NAW, more than 300 events took place in 47 States. NAW 2017 will be even bigger, with almost 400 events planned  — 32 of those will take place right here in Michigan. Here are a few we think you should check out.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships

2nd Annual Apprenticeship EXPO - November 14, 2017

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 7, 2017 1:50:32 PM

The goal of the Expo is to help people find a gateway into Apprenticeship programs. The event will feature hands-on exhibits in several skilled trades, allowing attendees to experience how people do their jobs as carpenters, electricians, bricklayers, masons, iron workers, roofers, and welders. Simulators for heavy equipment (truck) operators, virtual design computers and apprenticeship resources will also be part of the Expo.  Download Brochure

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Construction Career, Apprenticeships, Randolph Career & Technical Center

Apprentice Programs vs. College: What's the Cost?

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

 

When asked the age-old question, “Is college worth it," many high school students and young people out of high school are beginning to think “no, it’s not.”

Perhaps it may have seemed enticing back in 1980 when the average college tuition was just $2,100 a year and, heck, it probably was worth it then. But today, the cost of a four-year degree is $96,244 in tuition alone. Add in the cost of books, living expenses, and all associated costs, and the final price of a Bachelor’s degree runs from $125,000 - $150,000! And student loan debt can be with you for years — sometimes even decades — after graduation.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2016: Michigan Events

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 9, 2016 1:15:01 PM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to participate in an apprenticeship program instead of attending a college or university? National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is targeted towards people just like you — to help you discover what can be achieved with the #other4yeardegree. During last year’s NAW, more than 300 events took place in 47 States. NAW 2016 will be even bigger, with almost 400 events planned  — 22 of those will take place right here in Michigan. Here are a few we think you should check out.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week

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