The first annual North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU) National Apprenticeship Conference opened today at the Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Over 180 national and local directors of training gathered at this two-day event to participate in panel discussions and hear presentations from the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship on the expansion of registered apprenticeship, alignment of apprenticeship with community colleges and higher education, and engagement with state and local workforce development systems to enhance recruitment efforts and funding streams.
Prime topics of discussion also included include best practices in recruitment, retention, community outreach, and advancements in instructional technologies were the prime topics of discussion.
IUPAT Delivers Lead Panel Discussion
A panel discussion on engaging apprentices through technology and on-line learning was moderated by IUPAT FTI staff, including Dr. Tom Pfundstein and Alice Gwinn.
Nearly 70% of all registered apprenticeship programs are sponsored by NABTU joint training funds, and union programs are taking the lead through meetings like these to maintain a competitive edge in training.