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As total U.S. student debt approaches $1.5 trillion, low-cost higher education options like apprenticeships are compelling for students who want to train for a career without taking out loans. Is your business using #apprenticeship as part of your attraction strategy? If your business has a skills need in #IT, #Cybersecurity, #Digital Social Media, #FinTech, or #MedTech you should consider being ‘Open for Apprenticeships’. Let’s talk today!

National Skills Coalition Update

Join NSC at the NAWB Forum!
Dear Readers
National Skills Coalition is proud to be a Changemaker content partner for the National Association of Workforce Board’s Forum 2018. If you are attending the Forum, please plan to join NSC at our sessions outlined below to learn more about federal policy issues critical to advancing the skills of our nation’s workforce.
Sunday, March 25th

Join Rachel Unruh, NSC’s Chief of Staff, as part of the keynote plenary panel on Forging Purposeful Change
12:15-2:15 PM, International Ballroom
What factors are creating the need to think differently about human talent development, and how should we navigate the ever-changing technologies that are used to connect, communicate and train workers? What innovative strategies should workforce leaders consider in telling their stories? How can workforce organizations build more effective partnerships and increase connections with industries that are undergoing significant change? In this robust and thought-provoking panel discussion, NAWB and four other national organizations will unpack the issues that serve as both barriers and opportunities to workforce leaders as they strive to become the economic engine for their community and state.

ChangeMaker Assembly: Advocacy
Join NSC’s staff and members in a deep dive discussion on the skills policies that matter to workforce stakeholders in A Case for Advancing Skills Through Policy: Mobilizing for Impact
2:45-5:15 PM, Lincoln
Workforce boards are facilitating, collaborating, and leading a diversity of programmatic efforts to build skills in communities throughout the country. As workforce leaders in our community, we need to be just as focused on the wide range of federal policies that impact our ability to deliver the skills that industries demands and workers need. Join National Skills Coalition for an update on key federal workforce and education policies, and a discussion on how workforce boards and our partners can collaborate to shape those policies.

Get the big picture perspective on the current policy landscape in Washington DC, the federal dialogue on skills, and the key takeaways when it comes to framing our skills message on the Hill from Kermit Kaleba, Federal Policy Director at NSC. Then engage with three lightening round panels to get the workforce policy perspective on:

* Postsecondary Education
Moderator: Jessie Leslie, National Skills Coalition
Panelists: Julie Parks, Grand Rapids Community College; Tammy Childers and Al Searles, Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc. * Welfare to Careers
Moderator: Jessica Cardott, National Skills Coalition
Panelists: Jennifer M. Meek Eells, Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board; Kerry Desjardins, American Public Human Services Association * Work-Based Learning
Moderator: Katie Spiker, National Skills Coalition
Panelists: Jason Petrait, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County; Tracey Carey, Employ Milwaukee Inc.

Tuesday, March 27th
Join NSC in an advocacy prep session to get you ready to Take it to the Hill!
8:00-9:00 AM, International Ballroom East
We all know how important the partnerships we lead, skills we build, and jobs we fill, are to our communities back home. But we can’t take for granted that it’s common knowledge on the Hill, and that our policymakers know the supportive role policy can play in getting constituents the skills they need. Join National Skills Coalition in a session that will prepare you to be the best advocate you can be for the workers and industries you serve. This session will include talking points and leave-behinds for the Hill, and offer plenty of time for questions and answers to serve the needs of both rookie and expert advocates.
Moderator: Jessie Leslie, National Skills Coalition
Panelists: Katie Brown, National Skills Coalition; Tammy Childers, Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc.; Kevin Kelly, Clark Hill

Hope to see you there!



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Just 40% of college graduates think college got them ready for a career
Just 40% of college graduates think college got them ready for a career

Amy X. Wang

Well-known benefits of going to college include independence, community, intellectual growth, a sense of self-discovery. Not high among those, according to a new survey of US college students: getting prepared for working life.

In an online survey of 1,360 US college students in March and April of 2016, the education company McGraw-Hill and the analytics firm Hanover Research found that only four out of every 10 seniors graduating in the class of 2016 feel their college experience has helped them get ready for a career, and that figure is slightly lower for students across all years. (Granted, the latter includes brand-new freshmen, who tend to be relatively clueless about their career ambitions.) This was the organizations’ third annual survey of students’ workplace readiness, and the findings are very similar to those of last year.

Worst off, as one might suspect, are those who chose to study less practical or vocation-focused subjects—like history or English. While the level of preparedness among students majoring in business- or science-related fields is at the overall average, the same can’t be said of arts and humanities students. Under a third of those students say they feel “very prepared” or “somewhat prepared” for working life, and nearly one on five report feeling entirely unequipped:

Students, who self-reported their responses in McGraw’s study, may underestimate their preparedness because they lack confidence or a sufficient understanding of what employers want. But previous research bears out their pessimism: Only about a fifth of graduates manage to snag jobs right out of college, and many employers are dissatisfied with the skills new grads bring.

There are certainly things that colleges can do to help: partner with companies to offer more professional experiences, give students more career training, and amplify alumni networking opportunities, for example.

And it’s not that students are being overly picky about their work—with all the loan debt that many carry, they’re taking what they can get. In terms of opportunities, at least, things are looking up for this year’s graduates.

TranZed Apprenticeships and 3aaa USA developing apprenticeships across Maryland.  Follow us on Facebook! 


3aaa in conjunction with the Children’s Guild are set to transform the state of Maryland by introducing a UK style Apprenticeship service to the city of Baltimore. With 3aaa’s experience of delivering high quality Apprenticeships in the ‘technology’ sector and The Children’s Guild’s local reputation already established within Baltimore, August 2016 will see the opening of the first academy. The joint venture will see the creation of life changing opportunities for young people as a genuine alternative to the higher education which is considered the default route to employment within the USA.

3aaa will adopt their UK approach of recruiting applicants and matching them with employers on a local basis whilst providing off the job structured learning through the delivery of accredited qualifications. Employers and their employees will be supported through on site assessments against accredited competence qualifications to ensure that their knowledge is being put into practice.

For further information, please contact Paul Champion, Head of USA Operations

USA: PAULCHAMPION@3AAA.US (+1(443)-653-2121)

UK: PAULCHAMPION@3AAA.CO.UK (+44 (0755) 744 7191)

Keep an eye on our website and social media platforms as further information will be coming soon…

Why do women get more university places? | BBC News

A baby girl born in 2016 will be 75% more likely to go to university than a boy, if current trends continue. This isn’t just a slight difference. Women in the UK are now 35% more likely than men to go to university and the gap is widening every year. A baby girl born […]

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Nick Boles: “Employers will look back on levy as sea change”

Jenny Roper, April 14, 2016

The skills minister said the levy would be “painful” but promised to give employers more control
Skills minister Nick Boles has promised employers will “look back [on the apprenticeship levy] and say ‘we didn’t want the levy and we didn’t agree entirely with it, but we have to agree it’s created a sea change’”.
Boles made his comments at the launch of an Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service designed to divert candidates from oversubscribed programmes to companies less able to access good quality talent.
Boles detailed the way the government would be “putting [employees] in control of every stage of the process.” He said: “We’ll continue to put you in control of the development of standards for apprentices… So if you have a new occupation not currently covered it’s up to you to get together with others in the same industry to propose a standard and go out and develop it.”
The levy is designed to tackle “the number of free riders in the system,” said Boles, defining this as “the number of your competitors who think ‘we are not going to bother with that, we’re just going to poach people that come out of the system.’”
Boles added: “I know it’s going to be painful and there will be some of you who will be dissatisfied with some of the final details”. He assured though that the government is “spending dramatically more on apprenticeships”.
Also speaking at the matching service launch was Elle Hart, HR dircetor at fuel efficiency technology developer Torotrak. She described how the new matching service complements the introduction of the levy by helping businesses benefit from the money they now have to put aside.
“We’ve toyed with the idea of apprenticeships in the past,” she reported. “But there’s always the question of how much time is it going to take, are we going to be able to give these guys and girls the input they require?” She added that difficulty attracting good quality candidates with a less well-known brand was also a factor, but that the matching services’ partnership approach combated this.
The launch of the scheme came as new research carried out by Semta, on behalf of the Automotive Industrial Partnership (AIP), was published, finding that up to 5,000 jobs in the sector could be vacant because of skills shortages. “This [the matching service] will ensure a pipeline of talent in the years ahead,” explained Stephen Spencer, chair of the Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service.
Jose Lopes, chair of the AIP and head of technical excellence at Jaguar Land Rover, said he expected to see this kind of matching service taken up outside of the automotive sector. “We have an agnostic platform I’d like to see other sectors benefiting from,” he said.
The matching service has been developed and funded through the AIP and facilitated by apprenticeship matching platform GetMyFirstJob. It is designed to help up to 10,000 candidates per year secure an automotive apprenticeship.

Marriott International launches training academy

NewsDesk Hotel Owner (April 16th, 2016) Marriott International has teamed up with Renaissance Hotels and Antz to launch a training school in Manchester to help develop hospitality skills in the young and unemployed. The Marriott Academy comes after research from Marketing Manchester found – with an additional 2,986 hotel rooms in the pipeline adding to […]

Solution Saturday: Culture in Two Words

Dear Dan, Can you address the key indicators of a culture of excellence and steps to establishing that culture for a school? Sincerely, Culture Builder Dear Culture Builder, Thanks for asking such a great question. My response applies to profit, not-for-profit, and education. I’ll begin by simplifying culture down to two words, beliefs and behaviors. […]