U.S. DOL Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta yesterday announced members of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, which includes representatives from five of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations member organizations: Joshua Bolten, CEO, Business Roundtable; Emily DeRocco, Founder and CEO, E3 Engage Educate Employ and Director, National Network of Business and Industry Associations; Montez King, Executive Director, National Institute for Metalworking Skills; Katherine Lugar, President and CEO, American Hotel and Lodging Association; and Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association. The task force, which consists of 20 total members representing companies, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and labor unions, will focus on developing strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.
Individual National Network members have decades of experience designing and implementing apprenticeships and other work-and-learn models across a diverse range of sectors, recognizing that combining concept- or theory-based learning with hands-on application in a real-world setting is the most effective way to prepare individuals for employment success. As thought leaders and advocates of work-and-learn for the modern economy, the National Network released “Work and Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers,” a practical handbook for employers to apply and adapt best practices in building their own work and learn models. Most recently, the National Network has been focused on identifying the challenges and opportunities facing the current apprenticeship system, and will soon issue recommendations on how to modernize the system as well as deliver a new vision for a 21st century competency-based work-and-learn initiative this Fall.
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