The Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council, an arm of the state’s Department of Workforce Development, recently approved pre-apprenticeships for youth taking online classes through Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin as well as adults who are preparing for apprenticeships. This certification is important for the Wisconsin Operating Engineers because it formally recognizes DCA’s online program as a bridge to registered apprenticeship.
Pre-apprenticeship certification adds our program to a list of certifications that DWD uses to award Act 59 grants to high schools. Grants from this program incentivize school districts to off er high-quality career and technical education programs that ease workforce shortages in key industries and occupations. The grants reimburse up to $1,000 for each pupil in a school district who earns an approved, industry-recognized certification.
A pre-apprenticeship program for adults is piloting with five contractors through a Fast Forward grant. In the future, the certification allows Wisconsin Operating Engineers to serve as an Eligible Training Provider and accept Individual Training Account funds.
With Foxconn Technologies Group starting to award contracts, efforts to recruit and train new Operators will be critical for contractors working on the company’s mega-project in Racine County.
For more information on the externships, AB375, or pre-apprenticeship certification, contact Laura Cataldo at 608-616-2835, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of the workforce initiatives that are underway through CBG’s efforts are defined as pre-apprenticeship. Whether we are targeting youth through Destinations Career Academy or adults through Apprenticeship Readiness, the end goal is to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship.
Pre-Apprenticeship is a hot topic right now because of the June Presidential Order to expand apprenticeship in order to:
Prepare workers to fill existing and newly created jobs
Ensure students are graduating with the skills necessary to secure jobs
Provide paid, relevant workplace experience and opportunities to develop skills that employers value
Provide an affordable path to good jobs and careers
The Apprenticeship Expansion Order is focused on populations the Operating Engineers are currently targeting: high school students and veterans.
We are currently seeking Pre-Apprenticeship status from DWD and will share additional information in upcoming newsletters on how this can be implemented by contractors.
The Coloma training center hosted close to 300 students and educators on October 18th for the second Student & Educator Externship. 16 school districts attended the event and had an opportunity to tour the training center, test their skill on simulators and mini-excavators, learn about the Pre-Apprenticeship program and hear first hand from employers and apprentices about the exciting career path as an Operating Engineer.
A special thank you to the apprentices, Boldt, Michels Corporation and Walbec Group for participating on the apprentice/employer panel.
“Just a quick thanks for inviting Tomah High School students to your externship day held on Oct. 18. The tour of the state-of-the-art training center, overview of the Destinations Career Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Program and getting to experience and operate real-live equipment was simply awesome. Students and teachers alike – we sure enjoyed our short time with you. You opened up a huge career window for many of our students.”