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At UPS, we always aim to treat our workers right - and a large part of that effort is making sure they have the necessary skills to excel at their jobs. Our training processes are varied and comprehensive - and thanks to our partnership with the Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship program, our potential employees know that.

To become registered, our training program went through rigorous review by the department's Office of Apprenticeship - ensuring it provides workers with valuable skills which will help them succeed in the long term.

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As our nation's baby boomers enter retirement age, ensuring we have enough quality home care aides to serve them will continue to be a challenge that we must confront as a society. Each day, 8,000 people in America turn 65, and Washington state alone will need to train approximately 440,000 home care workers by 2030 to meet this growing demand.

Fortunately, the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership is working to solve this problem. As the nation's first U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for home care aides, we are a leading organization for home care workforce training and development. In total, we train 40,000 students each year in Washington state, making us the largest home care workforce training provider in the nation.

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Blue Cross/Blue Shield
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Many may think of Columbia, South Carolina, as simply the state's capital city or home of the University of South Carolina. But it also has become a national hub for insurance technology.

At the center of this emerging sector is BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, a major employer and economic engine in the region. We're a large enterprise with a diversified business model consisting of the health insurance business, its supporting operations - including robust technology capabilities - and many subsidiary companies. A significant portion of the company's focus lies in handling outsourced technology needs for other insurers and federal agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and TRICARE.

Read More | Start your own Application Development program

Independent Electrical Contractors
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The world is becoming more dependent on electricity every day. From innovative automated systems to the charging of our mobile devices, electricity places a major role in our homes and in our professional lives. The demand for high-level, skilled electrical workers will continue to increase. That is why it is critical to have properly trained electricians. America's Registered Apprenticeship system provides the solution to this high demand.

Our society depends on electricity; and electricians are instrumental in ensuring that the necessary electrical distribution, control, and utilization systems are installed and maintained to serve consumer demand.

Electricity is powerful and dangerous. For their own safety, and for the safety of others, electricians need to have the best possible training. That's why the Independent Electrical Contractors, also known as IEC, provides electrical training through Registered Apprenticeship programs.

Read More | Start your own Electrician program

TIRAP (Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program)
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The wireless industry is a powerful driver of growth in our economy. New facilities pop up all the time, giving the devices in our pockets and purses better service and faster broadband connections. Our country relies on these connections, but serving America's exploding demand for them shouldn't come at the cost of a worker's life.

This is why our agencies joined together yesterday with telecommunications and tower industry leaders to address this heartbreaking problem. We know that we can only solve it if we work together; that we each have a role to play in stopping these senseless tragedies. It's also why we're proud to announce that our partnership on this issue doesn't end today, but will continue in the form of a joint working group the FCC and DOL have decided to form, with industry participation, to develop recommended practices for employers.

Read More | Start your own Tower Technician program

Case Studies
Washington Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Program
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In 2008, the Washington State Legislature recognized that there was a looming shortfall of aerospace workers. State and Federal funds were allocated to establish the Aerospace Joint Apprentice- ship Committee (AJAC) charged with designing, developing, and implementing apprenticeship programs for multiple aerospace and advanced manufacturing occupations and various size employers. The AJAC committee is comprised of an equal number of employer and employee representatives from different segments of the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.

AJAC has modified the traditional class structure and design to enable its apprentices to become more productive in a shorter period of time. By participating in one of AJAC's 11 occupations, apprentices can earn a two year degree that can articulate into a four year degree. Its machining program structure allows apprentices after the first two years of the program to achieve their two year certificate as a CNC operator and after the remaining two years, a Journey-level certificate as a machinist.
AJAC engages in partnerships with city officials, representatives from Chambers of Commerce and other public officials. The AIM-MTU is a new model of apprenticeship and just-in-time technical short- term training for building Washington State's highly skilled aerospace and advanced manufacturing workforce. This 53 foot classroom on wheels travels across Washington State to employer work sites and community/technical colleges. It offers modularized training throughout the entire manufacturing and inspection process.

The Manufacturing Academy is a 10 week, workforce recruitment and pre- employment training program designed by local employers and taught by industry professionals to prepare workers for manufacturing and aerospace careers. Local employers are given first priority to hire from the graduate pool. As a result, those students have a higher probability of being hired.

United Association
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The UA and its signatory contractors have developed and maintained a truly innovative and successful apprenticeship program. It embodies all 4 of the goals for 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship as identified by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) and represents that committee's vision in every way. Our program has been at the forefront of American apprenticeship for nearly 100 years, and continues to demonstrate a dedication to the principles set forth in the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937.

Since its inception, it has successfully guided hundreds of thousands of apprentices toward a deeply rewarding career in the pipe trades, providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to become highly productive journey-workers. Furthermore, the cost of this training is almost entirely borne by the industry, so our apprentices receive a college level post -secondary education without the burden of tuition repayment. Our curriculum undergoes regular review by industry and labor experts to make sure it evolves in tandem with the industry. The collaborative approach between the UA and its signatory contractors allows us to anticipate future industry needs and expand the program accordingly, making it naturally scalable.

We ensure all our apprentices graduate with highly marketable skill sets and sustainable credentials, providing them with career opportunities for years to come. We have also developed several third-party certifications, which have set industry standards within the pipe trades. At present, there are approximately 40,000 registered apprentices training at 345 authorized training centers covering 284 registered apprenticeship programs, with more potential apprentices applying across the country every day. UA has also partnered with the US Military to create the Veterans in Piping Program, which provides returning veterans with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training, sometimes providing the training on military bases before the veteran even leaves the military, increasing their ability to immediately find work in construction careers nationwide.

US Military Apprenticeship Program
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On August 20, 1999, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) and the Headquarters of the U.S. Marine Corps, to consolidate the Marine Corps National Apprenticeship Program and the Navy's National Apprenticeship Program (NNAP), thus forming the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP). On April 7, 2000, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) and the Director of Reserve and Training of the U.S. Coast Guard, adding the Coast Guard to the USMAP. The USMAP currently has 124 apprenticeable occupations registered with 63,847 active apprentices. In FY 2011, 5,388 Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship were awarded.

The USMAP is managed by the Naval Education and Training Command. It is an opportunity for active duty military in the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard to improve their job skills and receive a Certificate of completion of Apprentice- ship from the US Department of Labor. Over the last few years, USMAP has expanded its program to include two additional apprenticeship occupations.

In FY 10, USMAP added a new Homeland Security Occupation, called the Master Homeland Security Specialist. The occupation is responsible for the effective research, development, execution, and management of a variety of security programs. There are currently 83 apprentices registered with the US Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship in the Master Homeland Security Specialist apprenticeship program.

In FY12, USMAP added another Homeland Security Occupation to its program, called the Protective Service Specialist. This occupation performs, plans, coordinates, and executes protective service missions for personnel in high-risk billets who are potential targets of terrorism. They are responsible for protective service tactics, anti- ambush operations, counter- surveillance operations, evasive driving techniques, and physical security.

Virginia's Apprenticeship School at Newport News
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Throughout its nearly 93-year history, The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding has continued to expand course offerings, increase access to education, and offer apprenticeships in emerging fields, leading to careers with job security and the potential for advancement. Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and the Virginia Apprenticeship Council, the school's Registered Apprenticeship offers a rewarding career with a company that employs more people than the four Hampton Roads-based Fortune 500 companies combined.

Apprentices receive on-the-job learning and trade theory instruction during multiple job rotations in various areas throughout the shipyard, where they play an integral role in the design, construction, overhaul, and repair of nuclear- powered aircraft carriers and submarines. The unique combination of trade instruction, academic instruction, and waterfront experience results in graduates who possess a thorough under- standing of the shipbuilding process, authentic experience solving problems in a complex industrial manufacturing environment, and the leadership skills necessary to shepherd the company through the 21st century. All apprentices complete the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum, a core academic program of 12 courses, during the first year of their apprenticeship. Courses include technical mathematics, applied physics, mechanics, drafting, business operations and leadership, computer applications, business problem solving, ship construction, and technical communications.

In June of 2010, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor, Jane Oates, visited Indiana to give the keynote address to group of Apprenticeship Graduates at the Plainfield Correctional Facility. She praised the success of the program for the opportunity it provides offenders to leave prison with documented marketable skills that will greatly enhance their chances of a successful return to society. Before the graduation, Assistant Secretary Oates met with Governor Daniels and others to discuss Indiana's US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program.

During recent years the number of articulation agreements with post-secondary educational institutions and the range of academic offerings has expanded to include associate degree opportunities in business administration, engineering, and engineering technology that transfer to local colleges and universities. The ship- yard provides up to $15,000 annually toward tuition, textbooks and fees. The rigors of the academic curriculum pre- pare all apprentices to further their education, a crucial component of career advancement.

Regardless of the path apprentices choose, they are well prepared to continue expanding their careers at Newport News Shipbuilding.