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National Apprenticeship Week: IMT Apprenticeship Prepares Workers for Today’s Advanced Manufacturing Environment

Today’s advanced manufacturing environment calls for highly skilled workers and the the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship is designed to train workers to both meet industry need and provide a career pathway for workers to advance. The IMT apprenticeship is implemented through a joint labor-management structure and was developed by Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) in collaboration with the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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IUPAT Helps Veterans Transition Out of Active Military Service Into Jobs

When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). 

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Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program Gives Graduates a Path to the Middle Class

The 8,000-member Steamfitters Local 638, which performs pipe fitting and fire protection work throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties, graduated 20 steamfitters from its rigorous five-year apprenticeship program on Thursday, June 11.

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It’s National Mentoring Month, and New York IBEW Local Shows How It’s Done

Erin Hill (center, front row) with members of the IBEW Local 3 mentoring program.

January is National Mentoring Month, and our friends at the Berger-Marks Foundation are highlighting the mentoring program that New York City Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 shop steward Erin Sullivan helped establish in the 11,000 member local in 2011.

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Many Paths to Succeed

For a long time, we’ve assumed there was one path to success for America’s kids: College prep courses in high school followed by four or more years of a college education.

But that formula leaves a lot of people out—like people whose families can’t afford college, those who can’t face the huge debt burden of college loans and young people whose career goals do not require a four-year bachelor’s degree.

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Biden: 'Unions Are the Reason We Have the Best Workers in the World'

Vice President Joe Biden headlined a diverse group of leaders who spoke at the Career and Technical Education Workforce Development Summit yesterday, an event sponsored by the AFL-CIO and AFT. Biden was joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and numerous labor, business and community leaders who spoke to a packed house.

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Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

After serving their country, many veterans have trouble transitioning into civilian jobs, particularly younger and female service members. The unemployment rate among all veterans ages 18–24 is 21.3% (compared to 13.1% of civilians. And while male veterans have an unemployment rate (4.2%) lower than the national rate, female veterans are much worse off with a 7.9% unemployment rate. Helmets to Hardhats, the International Training Institute and the construction trades are trying to do something about that problem.

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Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks for AFL-CIO/AFT Career and Technical Education Summit

Vice President Joe Biden via Wikimedia Commons, David Lienemann - White House (V011013DL-0556)

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at next week’s AFL-CIO/AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development

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Meet the Veterans Who Rebuilt the World Trade Center

On the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, here's a little "Throwback Thursday" recognition of the veterans who rebuilt the World Trade Center and became highly skilled members of the union building and construction trades through the Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program. 

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Biden Praises Shipyard Workers as ‘Best in the World,’ Cites Apprenticeships, Training

Via Vice President Joe Biden's Twitter account

Vice President Joe Biden called the nearly 5,000 workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard—most of whom are members of unions in the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department—“the best in the world,” during a visit to the Kittery, Maine, facility Wednesday.

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