US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO FUEL REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS’ GROWTH WITH APPRENTICESHIPUSA BRANDING EFFORT, PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS

Originally posted on U.S. Department of Labor.

Coincides with today’s 85th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Act’s passage.

WASHINGTON – On Aug. 16, 1937, the nation took a historic step toward formalizing standards for Registered Apprenticeships, including those related to their safety and health and to prevent many forms of discrimination toward workers in training.

Coinciding with the 85th anniversary of the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act – or the “Fitzgerald Act” owing to its legislative champion, Rep. William J. Fitzgerald – the U.S. Department of Labor today announced several initiatives designed to unite employers, workers and other stakeholders in the ongoing effort to grow the nation’s Registered Apprenticeship system.

The department’s Office of Apprenticeship has created the “ApprenticeshipUSA” brand to establish an identity and shared understanding of the national Registered Apprenticeship system with its stakeholders. These include apprentices, apprenticeship sponsors, educators, employers, industry associations, labor-management organizations, state apprenticeship agencies and training providers.

In addition, the department is offering two opportunities for the public to connect with apprenticeship stakeholders today. At 1 p.m. EDT today on Twitter, the department begins the “Advancing the National Apprenticeship System” chat – hosted by @ePolicyWorks – where participants can focus on ways to develop high-quality Registered Apprenticeships. In addition, the department has begun a national online public dialogue on the future of Registered Apprenticeship and invites those interested in sharing their views and experiences, and learning more to join the conversation through Sept. 5.  

The ApprenticeshipUSA branding and online discussions are part of the department’s continued efforts to highlight the value of Registered Apprenticeship in promoting an equitable national recovery.

Among these efforts are the department’s recently announced 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint, the selection of the first cohort of Apprenticeship Ambassadors and its designation of Nov. 14-20, 2022, as the 8th Annual National Apprenticeship Week.

View new and updated Registered Apprenticeship resources, including logos, fact sheets, videos and more.  

How Mississippi Keeps America Safe on the High Seas

Originally posted on Mississippi Development Authority.

When 70% of the U.S. Navy’s fleet of warships are manufactured by a single company in Mississippi, it’s safe to say that the nation’s defense depends on Mississippi workers.

That is exactly the case, as Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula is the company that makes those warships, and the Navy would literally be defenseless without them.

Located on about 800 acres of land along the Pascagoula River, Ingalls ranks as the biggest manufacturing employer in all of Mississippi and one of the largest employers along the Gulf Coast. These 11,500 workers are a major contributor to the economic growth of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

Ingalls produces virtually every class of surface warship used by the Navy, from guided missile destroyers and landing platform docks to large deck amphibious assault ships and Coast Guard national security cutters.

In June of last year, Ingalls was awarded a $936 million U.S. Navy contract to build a destroyer that’s equipped to launch guided missiles. This came just three years after Ingalls landed a $5.1 billion defense contract to construct six Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

But that’s not the only shipbuilding taking place in Pascagoula. At nearby Halter Marine, advanced manufacturing workers are busy making the next-generation Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. Halter won the contract to produce the cutter in May of 2019. The $746 million contract is for the design and construction of the vessel formerly known as the heavy polar icebreaker. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the value of the deal to $1.94 billion. First ship delivery is set to occur in 2024, second in 2025, and third and final delivery in early 2027.

Due to its expanding workload, Halter announced earlier this year that it planned to double its workforce over the next three to four years. The expansion will also necessitate the acquisition of more space, the company said.

Halter spokesperson Mark Scott told local news outlets that the growth means 850 new jobs for the region. Some will be in traditional shipbuilding trades, but others will be professional support positions. Many of these new workers will move to a new office on Delmas Avenue in downtown Pascagoula, Scott noted.

Shipbuilding along the Mississippi Gulf Coast dates back to the early part of the 20th century, when large shipyards were opened to build liberty ships during World War I. The Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., on the east bank of the Pascagoula River, was founded in 1938 by Robert Ingersoll Ingalls Sr. of Birmingham, Alabama, to produce eight all-purpose warships that would ultimately be used to help Allies fight and win World War II.

In 2011, a merger with the Northrop Grumman Corp. prompted a name change to Huntington Ingalls Industries. Today, Mississippi has more than 15 ports that provide access for shipbuilders to the Gulf of Mexico. The Port of Pascagoula ranks as one of the 20 largest shipping ports in the U.S.

Many factors combine to make the Magnolia State the perfect magnet for shipbuilders. A strong workforce, a plethora of financial incentives, and a robust transportation infrastructure rank among the most important factors. Access to the Gulf, the Mississippi River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway give shipbuilders ready-made deep-water access.

In addition to Ingalls and Halter, other notable shipbuilders in the state include U.S. Marine Inc., Trinity Yachts, Gulf Ship, Signet Maritime, New South Marine Builders, Signal International and Rolls-Royce.

Gulf Ship embarked on a $7 million expansion two years ago to create 200 jobs and facilitate a new contract for world-class tugboats. Also in 2020, Rolls-Royce announced plans to expand its facility in Pascagoula, where it makes propellers for Navy warships. The U.S. Department of Defense kicked in $22 million for that project.

Halter Marine Christens New Berthing Barge

Pascagoula’s Halter Marine christened a new berthing barge for the U.S. Navy on May 8 when it conducted the sail away of the APL (Auxiliary Personnel Lighter) 69.

DOD business has been keeping workers at Halter Marine busy for many years, and right now that business shows no signs of slowing, says Mark Scott, director of government affairs for Halter Marine. In a recent interview, he explained how his company keeps on growing in southern Mississippi.

Has Halter Marine had to expand its workforce over the past year to service any of the new federal government contracts?

SCOTT: We have expanded our workforce and con-tinue to do so. In fact, we have lots of open jobs. Since 2019, we’ve grown our workforce by over 350 ship-builders, and based on the work we currently have, we will double our workforce in the next three to four years.

Do you expect to add to your staff over the course of the next two years?

SCOTT: Yes, we are expanding our workforce. We are adding apprentices to our registered apprenticeship programs. We currently have over 40 apprentices and have plans to add to that number this year and next year. Also, our recruiters engage with high schools, community colleges and universities across the Gulf South region.

How has the global supply chain bottleneck impacted the demand for ships that sail the high seas?

SCOTT: In today’s global economic environment, so much is imported and exported by ship, it’s hard to imagine that the demand for ships will do anything but grow.

Do you expect to expand your facilities anytime soon? If so, where and when?

SCOTT: We do expect to expand our facilities. With a need to double our workforce, it is inevitable that we will increase our footprint in Jackson County. We’re taking a strategic approach and working with community stakeholders. We are making an unprecedented investment into our shipyard including infrastructure, buildings and machinery.

How do you like doing business in Mississippi?

SCOTT: Halter Marine was founded in 1956 and has operated in Mississippi for most of the time. We take great pride in Pascagoula, Jackson County and Mississippi. Yes, we like doing business in Mississippi very much.

What do you like best about the workforce that is available to you in Southern Mississippi?

SCOTT: The people of south Mississippi and throughout our entire region are hard-working and dedicated. This region has a long history of successful shipbuilding, and in many cases multiple generations have built ships here. Our public sector partners at South Mississippi Planning and Development District and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College do an excellent job of putting programs in place that help create a pipeline of capable new workers. However, to continue to be successful, the pool of potential workers simply must grow. Halter Marine is working with multiple stakeholders to help confront this challenge.

What is the timetable for delivering the vessels that have been ordered under the new federal contracts?

SCOTT: Our next delivery is APL 4 (Norfolk) scheduled for Q3 2022. Proudly built for the U.S. Navy, this Crew Berthing Barge will accommodate over 600 personnel and provide a comfortable and efficient place for our service men and women to live and work.

CYBERSECURITY APPRENTICESHIP SPRINT

Originally posted on Apprenticeship.gov.

On July 19th, the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced a 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint, to promote the Registered Apprenticeship model as a solution for numerous industries to develop and train a skilled cybersecurity workforce. The Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint is a national campaign to encourage employers, industry associations, labor unions, and training providers to explore Registered Apprenticeship as a recruitment, training, and retention strategy and connect with DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship to develop new apprenticeship programs or quickly join existing programs.

Diverse Team of Data Center System Administrators and IT Specialists Use Laptop and Tablet Computers, Smiling on Camera. IT Engineers work on Cyber Security Protection in Cloud Computing Server Farm.

What is the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint?

The U.S. Department of Labor is partnering with the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce to address the Cybersecurity field’s current job openings and longer-term job quality and retention issues. 

The Sprint seeks to:

  • To increase awareness of current successful Cybersecurity-related Registered Apprenticeship programs, partnerships, and initiatives and how they’re helping industry educate and train a skilled cybersecurity workforce to reduce cybersecurity risk.
  • To advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) across Cybersecurity occupations through Registered Apprenticeship, especially for historically underrepresented populations such as women and communities of color.
  • To educate the public on the efforts the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship is taking to accelerate the process by helping employers to launch programs in as little as 48 hours by using existing industry vetted and DOL- approved standards.
  • To recruit employers to explore Registered Apprenticeship and partner with DOL and the Department of Commerce’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to help meet critical Cybersecurity workforce needs of the Nation; and
  • To connect career seekers to Cybersecurity apprenticeship opportunities.

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES FIRST GROUP OF APPRENTICESHIP AMBASSADORS TO PROMOTE, EXPAND, DIVERSIFY APPRENTICESHIP

Originally posted on U.S. Department of Labor.

Inaugural cohort of 207 officials, organizations responded to Secretary Walsh’s invitation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the selection of the initial cohort of 207 officials and organizations chosen to serve as Apprenticeship Ambassadors to share their experiences and collaborate with the department to champion apprenticeship opportunities.

In November 2021, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh announced the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative to bring together industry, labor, education, equity and workforce leaders to partner with the department’s Office of Apprenticeship to promote Registered Apprenticeships as a valuable workforce strategy in high-demand industries to develop and expand opportunities for people historically underserved.

The inaugural group of Apprenticeship Ambassadors consists of diverse partners from multiple industries who have demonstrated a willingness to use their Registered Apprenticeship experience and expertise to promote and expand these programs across all industries. The cohort is comprised of:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Educators                        
  • Employers          
  • Equity partners
  • Industry associations
  • Labor organizations
  • State organizations
  • Program sponsors
  • Workforce partners

Those named have committed to hosting 3,367 outreach and recruitment activities, 892 training session and  717 promotional meetings. They have also pledged to develop 460 new Registered Apprenticeship programs and 387 resources in their first year as ambassadors. The department continues to accept and review applications.

The department’s Office of Apprenticeship will collaborate with Apprenticeship Ambassadors to promote Registered Apprenticeship as part of the department’s commemoration of the 85th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act on Aug. 16, 2022. The commemoration will continue through the remainder of the year, and include National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 14-20, 2022.

View the list of the new Apprenticeship Ambassadors.

Read about the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative and submit an application to become an ambassador.

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS $121M IN APPRENTICESHIP BUILDING AMERICA GRANTS TO EXPAND, DIVERSIFY, MODERNIZE REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

Originally posted on U.S. Department of Labor.

$58 million in funding geared toward equity, pre-apprenticeship opportunities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $121 million in Apprenticeship Building America grants to strengthen and modernize Registered Apprenticeship programs and enable workers to find a reliable pathway to the middle class. The department awarded more than $58 million of the total funding to grantees focusing on equity partnerships and pre-apprenticeship activities.

“The funding of $121.7 million in Apprenticeship Building America grants reaffirms and advances the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to strengthening and expanding Registered Apprenticeships,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “The Apprenticeship Building America grants will develop new pathways to good-quality jobs and provide America’s workers with opportunities to access and succeed in those pathways; and the intentional focus on equity partnerships and pre-apprenticeship activities will create opportunities for underrepresented and underserved communities.”

The Apprenticeship Building America grant program advances the department’s efforts to expand and modernize Registered Apprenticeship by increasing the number of programs and apprentices, diversifying the industries that use Registered Apprenticeship and improving the access to and performance of Registered Apprenticeship Programs for underrepresented and underserved communities.

On Feb. 23, 2022, the department announced the availability of funding through the Apprenticeship Building America program. The 30 recipients of the Apprenticeship Building America grants will incorporate cross-cutting principles to ensure access to quality Registered Apprenticeship Programs including equity, job quality, sustainability, evidence-based approaches and new opportunities for innovation, engagement and ease of access.

Funding was awarded in four categories:

  • State Apprenticeship System Building and Modernization.
  • Expansion of Registered Apprenticeship Program Opportunities for Youth.
  • Ensuring Equitable Registered Apprenticeship Program Pathways through Pre-Apprenticeship Leading to RAP enrollment and Equity Partnerships.
  • Registered Apprenticeship Hubs to facilitate the establishment, scaling and expansion of Registered Apprenticeship Programs in new and fast-growing industries and occupations.

A list of the recipients of the Apprenticeship Building America grant funding follows this news release.

RecipientCityStateAmount
Alaska Primary Care AssociationAnchorageAK$3,000,000
Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.San DiegoCA$3,343,000
BuildWithin Inc.WashingtonDC$7,903,560
American Association of Community CollegesWashingtonDC$8,000,000
Project L.I.F.T. Inc.Palm CityFL$5,000,000
Reset to Success FoundationBellevilleIL$3,000,000
Chicago Women in TradesChicagoIL$3,000,000
Indiana Department of Workforce DevelopmentIndianapolisIN$3,907,725
Ivy Tech Community College of IndianaIndianapolisIN$4,736,976
Wilderness Education ProjectNicholasvilleKY$4,999,450
Electrical Training AllianceBowieMD$2,999,916
Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of BostonBostonMA$3,000,000
Jobs for the Future Inc.BostonMA$5,000,000
City of SpringfieldSpringfieldMO$3,000,000
Central Community CollegeGrand IslandNE$3,962,324
NYSUT Education and Learning TrustLathamNY$5,657,497
CareerWise New York Inc.New YorkNY$2,000,000
National Urban LeagueNew YorkNY$3,000,000
Staten Island Performing Provider SystemStaten IslandNY$1,998,854
Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and OneidaUticaNY$2,999,993
North Carolina Community College SystemRaleighNC$4,000,000
Mt. Hood Community CollegeGreshamOR$2,999,983
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & IndustryHarrisburgPA$3,900,000
South Dakota Department of Labor and RegulationPierreSD$3,124,059
Texas Workforce CommissionAustinTX$3,660,090
Dallas CollegeDallasTX$5,000,000
SER-Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc.HoustonTX$4,585,000
Adaptive Construction Solutions Inc.HoustonTX$8,000,000
City of San AntonioSan AntonioTX$2,983,433
Vermont Healthcare & Information Technology Education CenterWillistonVT$2,999,240
Total$121,761,100

Agency Employment and Training AdministrationDate July 7, 2022Release Number 22-1337-NATMedia Contact: Monica VereenPhone Number 202-693-4686Email Vereen.Monica.C@dol.govMedia Contact: Arjun SinghPhone Number 202-693-0214Email singh.arjun.p@dol.gov

Singing River Health Care Workforce Academy allows participants to work while advancing their careers

Originally posted on Mississippi Today.

Working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge for staff at the Singing River Health Care system — a challenge only made harder by staffing issues.

Singing River is hoping to tackle the statewide health care worker shortage directly through its new apprenticeship programs. 

The Singing River Health Care Workforce Academy is a community-centered program on the Gulf Coast that aims to create more opportunities for people to become qualified health care professionals. 

The academy offers apprenticeships, such as a surgical tech internship and a certified nurse assistant internship, to create opportunities for people to continue working while they learn and accelerate their careers. 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is working with Singing River on the licensed practical nurse (LPN) apprenticeship program, which hospital officials say is the first of its kind in the state. Jessica Lewis, director of human resources at the hospital, hopes that other hospitals will soon adopt the apprenticeship model to generate more career opportunities for Mississippians interested in working in the medical field. 

“We’re putting a huge investment into really training (people) and filling those gaps. The critical piece is making sure that we develop and build pipelines, because we’re going to continue to have staffing crises,” she said. “We have to go out there teaching and training our own.”  

The Singing River Health Care system will create more than 220 jobs while educating more than 1,000 students as a result of the program, according to the hospital.

Students can start in the academy as early as high school so that young people can get exposure to the medical field and make informed decisions about their career paths. Singing River has partnered with the Jackson County and Harrison County high schools to engage 11th and 12th grade students to participate in pre-apprenticeship programs and plans to expand to schools in Hancock County. 

Singing River will offer immediate employment to qualified graduates in high-demand critical specialties such as certified nurse assistants, surgical techs and licensed practical nurses.

Kellie Powell, a 33-year-old mother of three originally from Texas, has worked at Singing River as a medical assistant for nine months. She will graduate from the LPN program Sept. 2023. 

Prior to joining Singing River, she lived in New Orleans and worked for Ochsner Health System. After being displaced by Hurricane Ida, she describes coming to Mississippi as “a blessing in disguise.” 

“My children’s father and I packed for three to four days to evacuate and discovered that we couldn’t go back home after the storm,” she said.

She went to Gautier with her family. Her employers at Ochsner told her to find a branch in the Gulf Coast area and start working. 

“I found Singing River in Pascagoula and they hired me on the spot … I didn’t have any interview clothes or a car.” 

She hopes completing the program will help her pay off her student loan debt from when she attended college.  

“This program is the golden ticket. When I graduate, I will be debt free.” 

After graduating, she will sign a contract agreeing to work at Singing River for at least two years after completing the program.

The hospital plans to build a new facility to house this program, which is currently operating in a temporary location, in addition to a community health education center.

Construction for this facility near Ocean Springs Hospital will begin soon and is being paid for with a $7 million grant from the state, Lewis said. Topics explored in the community health education center will include tobacco cessation, first aid, parenting, breastfeeding and childbirth. 

There will also be an emphasis on mental health, Lewis said. All of these programs will also be offered virtually through their digital medicine program, a program made by Ochsner Hospital System, that allows individuals to manage one’s high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes insulin from your phone and provides telehealth visits.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Apprentice Opportunity

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Job will be posted online on July 5, 2022 and will be posted for two (2) weeks only.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Apprentice Opportunity

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Hot Jobs

Welder Regular Apprentice
Internal and External

Painter Regular Apprentice
Internal and External

Jobs will be posted online on June 12, 2022 and will be posted for two (2) weeks only.

www.huntingtoningalls.com/careers/apprentice

Huntington Ingalls Industries is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class. U.S.
Citizenship required for most positions.

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