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EVENT RECAP: Making the Case for Apprenticeship
On September 14, 2017, NYATEP partnered with Young Invincibles and Center for an Urban Future (CUF) to host Making the Case for Apprenticeship, an event to discuss the business case for apprenticeship. Joined by over 100 attendees and more than 200 online viewers, we hosted a thought-provoking discussion of the challenges and real opportunities to apprenticeship expansion in New York State, including the engagement of private sector industry and the role of the Governor and State Legislature in making apprenticeship a business-friendly process.
At the start of the session, Melinda Mack, NYATEP gave an overview of the Apprenticeship Employer Survey. With the rise of apprenticeship programming in the public spotlight, NYATEP sought feedback directly from New York State employers in advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, technology and telecommunications for their opinions of apprenticeship programs as a training option. Specifically, NYATEP collected data on the perceived barriers held by employers to accessing and registering an apprenticeship program in New York State. In total 170 employers responded from a wide-range of sectors; 114 responded from the targeted sectors (advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, technology and telecommunications). The top workforce challenge was “recruiting and hiring a skilled workforce”, which was identified by 81 respondents. The majority of respondents said it was either “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to fill open positions in the last year. Positions are open most frequently between 3 - 6 months. Additionally, of the employers who have used the program (11 employers), all responded that they viewed the program favorably and would recommend the program. Of the employers who have not used the program (103 employers), majority perceived navigation the regulations, volume of paperwork and availability of internal resources as challenging. For the full results of the survey, click here.
Following the survey overview, a panel discussion on Apprenticeship in New York features NYS Assemblyman Harry Bronson, Martha Ponge, MACNY, Eric Seleznow, Jobs for the Future, Reid Setzer, Young Invincibles, and Franca Armstrong, Mohawk Valley Community College. Panel discussion included questions on the role of government in business engagement and how can the program structure me modernized to meet needs of employers. To watch the full event and discussion, click here.
A big thank you to the Making the Case for Apprenticeship sponsor Workforce Development Institute (WDI).
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