Dec. 2018 - FEC CELEBRATES NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK


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FEC CELEBRATES NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, the Full Employment Council shared some of our success stories as part of the United States Department of Labor’s #NAW2018 Social Media Campaign. This year’s theme – Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow – focused on the different ways apprenticeship is creating the workforce and the economy of the future.

FEC also hosted a Lunch & Learn for young adults on November 16, 2018. This event featured a presentation about our apprenticeship opportunities and included testimonial from participants currently in apprenticeship as well as employers.

Outstanding Apprentices

Jennifer (shown in photo above on the right) participated in the Digital Media and Design accelerated certificate training through the University of Central Missouri before starting her apprenticeship. After her training, she was connected to REKO Direct through the Full Employment Council for a paid internship. The training received in class and through the internship lead to full-time employment to becoming an apprentice.

After seven months at REKO Direct, Jennifer is progressing according to schedule and is supporting their ecommerce and website functions. She is also very helpful around the warehouse, lending a hand whenever needed. In her most recent review, Janis Reed - CEO, President said, “Jennifer is becoming a valuable asset to our company.”

FEC connected Corbin (shown in photo above on the left) to training at MCC for a 9-week lathe machining course. He graduated from the course with the highest scores in his class. FEC then connected him to employers that had internships available. Corbin was offered several internship opportunities but ultimately accepted an internship with Challenge Manufacturing, a supplier for GM and Tesla. After only a couple of months, he was asked to take an assessment to qualify for an apprenticeship. Corbin scored higher on the test than his co-workers, some of who had been with the company for a couple of years. Working 10-hour shifts, attending class in the evenings and caring for a family, Corbin has performed extremely well in spite of his many responsibilities.

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WHAT IS APPRENTICESHIP?

Apprenticeship is a career pathway where individuals can earn and learn at the same time! It includes: paid on-the-job learning, classroom training, and an industry-recognized credential.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Apprenticeship has dramatically improved human resources development for more than 150,000 businesses over the last 80 years. The benefits are substantial - companies that offer apprenticeships can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more.

The Full Employment Council’s Apprenticeship programs began in 2015 with a plan to engage five sectors to offer the apprenticeships and then to grow it to other industries. The five sectors included Healthcare, Information Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing with Finance and Business Services sectors still in progress.

The Full Employment Council works closely with the representatives from the Department of Labor office of Apprenticeship and the employers to create the standards for each apprenticeship program. FEC’s role fis to monitor the progress of the apprentice with employer representatives and enter the outcomes in DOL’s Rapids System every two weeks. FEC also ensures that all apprenticeship programs meet the minimum guideline requirements delineated in Federal and State laws and regulations and as stated by the DOL office of apprenticeship who ensures the standards are created.

Healthcare Apprenticeship

The Full Employment Council in partnership with local US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and Training for the Kansas City Area created and approved the first Healthcare Apprenticeship in the state of Missouri in June, 2015. The first program was piloted with area employer partner John Knox Village. The program provided on-the-job learning for Nurse Assistants (CNA.s).  In October 2017, the first Certified Medial Technician(CMT) Apprenticeship in the state was approved by DOL and three apprentices started their on-the-job learning with John Knox Village. The Apprenticeship helped the new workers attain a basic mastery across all competencies so they can successfully reach the higher skill levels of healthcare occupations.

“The apprenticeship model is often thought of only for trade roles. Our experience with the apprenticeship model is that it is just as effective for skill development and commitment in healthcare.” said Betty Freeman-Boots -Vice President Human Resources - John Knox Village – Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Information Technology Apprenticeship

In November 2017, The Full Employment Council in partnership with local US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and Training for the Kansas City Area created and approved the first Information Technology Apprenticeship in the region. The first program piloted with the same area employer partner, John Knox Village, in June of 2015 to provide on-the-job learning for (4) Software Developers. Monitoring of progression and learning is done every two weeks by the Full Employment council and Snap IT solutions.

Reko Direct- provided on-the-job learning for one assistant e-commerce specialist. The apprentice also participated in the Digital Media and Design accelerated certificate training through the University of Central Missouri before starting her apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will provide additional 2008 hours on the job learning which will be provided by the employer and the employees will receive wage progress as they learn the new skills.

Manufacturing Apprenticeship

In March 2018 The Full Employment Council in partnership with local US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and Training for the Kansas City Area created and approved the Manufacturing Apprenticeship program. The program provided on-the-job learning for production workers with Adient, a first Tier Supplier for Ford and GM located in Riverside Missouri. Monitoring of progression and learning will be done every two weeks by the Full Employment council and Adient.

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Shona Y. was the first apprentice at Adient. Her title is Production Team Member and she is progressing through the apprenticeship on schedule. 


 
Ramone H., Jr. IT Trainer
 ApprentIT18.jpg In March 2018, Ramone completed his internship with SNAP IT Solutions and was successfully onboard by the employer as a Software Developer. Ramone is participating in a U.S. DOL Approved Apprenticeship program which has taken him from classroom training in Object-Oriented Java in December of 2017 and has grown to be productive member of SNAPIT Solutions.

Ramone received training in Object-Oriented Java in June 2017 through the Full Employment Council and was offered an internship opportunity as a Jr. Software Developer with SNAP IT Solutions. Ramone has progressed to Jr. IT Trainer and now serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Central Missouri teaching short-term training courses.

Ramone is extremely enthusiastic about the services he received through the Full Employment Council and is quick to share his apprenticeship experience with others. Below, Ramone beams with pride at the first cohort graduation in which he served as the instructor.
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“An affordable and risk-free way to connect employers with their future employees that need an opportunity to work and enhance the IT skillsets.” Neelima Parasker - Founder and CEO - SnapIT Solutions – Kansas City, Missouri  ‚Äč
 

FULL EMPLOYMENT COUNCIL, INC. HELPS BREAKS GENDER BARRIERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY THROUGH PRE-APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING
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Entering into the construction career field for women is difficult and, for some, seemingly impossible. Not only is it difficult for women to enter the construction field, but many students would had never thought it was a possibility without the help of the Full Employment Council through the Women in Apprenticeship and NonTraditional Occupations (WANTO) Grant.

The WANTO grant provides technical assistance to employers, small businesses, units of government, and labor unions to encourage the employment of women and create inclusive work environments. The WANTO grant also encourages women to pursue nontraditional careers in growing sectors such as Construction, Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing.

The construction pre-apprenticeship program was curated by the FEC, who seeks to not only acquire training for members who enroll, but to provide access to higher paying employment in spite of economic, gender, age, and household barriers. FEC approached The Builders’ Association who welcomed the idea and worked in partnership to create the curriculum and a viable career pathway for this innovative cohort. After finalizing the details, the first women’s Builders’ Association Construction Mentoring Program was launched on August 13, 2018.

Thirteen women graduated from The Builders’ Association Construction Mentoring Program with certifications in OSHA, Forklift, and First Aid/CPR.

Several of the women are now interning with construction companies or have started pre-apprentice training such as Debora. She was onboarded as a construction laborer/brickmason pre-apprentice at $44.00 per hour.



YOUNG ADULTS LUNCH AND LEARN - NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK

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Lunch and Learn at the Cube

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, the Full Employment Council shared some of our success stories as part of the United States Department of Labor’s #NAW2018 Social Media Campaign. This year’s theme – Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow – focused on the different ways apprenticeship is creating the workforce and the economy of the future.

FEC also hosted a Lunch & Learn for young adults on November 16, 2018. The young adults that are involved in activities through the FEC were provided information about apprenticeship as a career pathway option and some pizza. At the Central City Young Adults Career Connections Center (The Cube) the event featured a presentation about our apprenticeship opportunities and included testimonial from participants currently in apprenticeship as well as the Kansas City Fire Department’s Deputy Chief - PIO.


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Lunch & Learn at the Eastern Jackson County Missouri Job Center, Independence, Missouri. 
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Lunch & Learn at the Eastern Jackson County Missouri Job Center, Independence, Missouri. 
 

RECENT SKILLS TRAINING COHORT GRADUATIONS
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Object Oriented Development Using C#Graduates These are FEC’s most recent graduates of the Object Oriented Development Using C# class offered through UCM. Two of the students in this class were former employees of DST Systems who had been displaced due to a mass layoff at the company in June, 2018.
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The FEC has partnered with the University of Central Missouri (UCM) to offer a new certificate program in Sterile Processing that meets International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management, (IAHCSMM) standards. This program has been developed in response to the needs of Kansas City area hospitals as expressed by Shawn Pettersson, Sterile Processing Department Manager at The University of Kansas Health System and International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) Kansas City Metro Chapter president (show in photo above at far right).


Missouri Unemployment for October 2018 
According to seasonally adjusted data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Missouri’s unemployment rate for October 2018 was 3.1%. 

Local Area Unemployment Statistics 
PRODUCED BY MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/MERIC IN COOPERATION WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS.



Labor Force 
Participation Rate

Area

Civilian Labor Force

Employment

Unemployment

Unemployment Rate

Cass County

55,322

54,082

1,240

2.2%

.662

Clay County

136,170

133,366

2,804

2.1%

.702

Jackson County

368,256

357,838

10,418

2.8%

.663

Platte County

57,716

56,601

1,115

1.9%

.709

Ray County

11,223

10,970

253

2.3%

.598

Kansas City WDA

789,864

768,992

20,872

2.6%

(U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates)

Eastern Jackson County WDA

207,079

201,703

5,376

2.6%

 

 


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