• Apprenticeships, Work-Based Learning Help Close the Skills Gap

    From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  by guest columnist, Chris Caldwell Last week, a Wall Street Journal article highlighted that Foxconn, a Taiwanese supplier for Apple, is considering outsourcing Chinese engineers and skilled laborers for its new facility in...

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  • Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA Partnership Advances Career Development

    A college education partnership established last year by the Electrical Connection partnership is paying dividends with its first graduating class.  The career development initiative with Saint Louis Community College (STLCC) graduated 14 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers...

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  • Welding a Stronger Future

    From U.S. Department of Labor:  When Steven Shewry walked out of the gates of Iowa’s Anamosa State Penitentiary on Jan. 30, 2017, he could not have imagined that in just 10 short months, he’d be walking across...

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  • Laborers Graduate Diverse Class of 108 Apprentices

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Thursday evening (March 15), 108 fledgling Laborers officially began their construction careers when the Construction Craft Laborers held their 18th annual apprenticeship recognition dinner at at the LIUNA Event...

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  • Her Ticket to a Life She Loves: A Hard Hat

    From MSN:  Scrolling through Erin Lakenen’s Instagram inspires instant wanderlust. In one photo the 23-year-old is in Vietnam with a burly snake wrapped around her neck. In another, she overlooks a lush mountain in Ecuador. There’s a...

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  • Georgia Embraces Germany’s Apprenticeship Model

    From Marketplace:  Factory workers are aging and manufacturers are worried there won’t be enough young people with the technical skills to do their jobs. So 10 states have embraced Germany’s apprenticeship model to help fill these manufacturing...

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  • STL Apprenticeship Programs Skeptical of Trump Plans

    From STLToday by Dave Nicklaus When the recession hit her massage therapy business, Trisa Newburn knew she needed a career change. A few years later, she’s pulling cables and installing light fixtures as an apprentice electrician. It’s...

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  • Trump Apprenticeship Directive’s Impact on Construction Unclear

    From Engineering News-Record:  Construction industry groups welcomed President Trump’s new directive aimed at expanding the rolls of apprenticeship programs and reducing the federal role in determining those programs’ requirements. But some officials are uncertain about how much...

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  • Trump’s Order on Apprenticeship Could Affect Our Future

    ANALYSIS by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Yesterday (June 15)  the White House echoed  messages that have been resounding locally and nationally in our industry for some time: We need to attract young people into...

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  • Construction Could Gain, As Trump Moves From “Celebrity” to Real-World Apprentices

    From Chronicle of Higher Education: President Trump plans to rework college-accreditation and student-aid policies in a bid to encourage greater use of apprenticeship training in higher education, a White House official said on Wednesday. Mr. Trump, who promoted...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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