January/February 2020
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AAI Program Director Jennifer McCullough Tours Germany to Learn About Apprenticeship Models

AAI Program Director Jennifer McCullough recently joined a delegation of workforce professionals from New York and Michigan to visit the German cities of Bonn and Cologne to explore their apprenticeship and workforce models.

The States of New York and Michigan joined in partnership to travel to Germany to explore the innovative policies and practice which have made German apprenticeships a key feature of education, employment and the economy.

Through an international knowledge exchange entitled “Apprenticeships: Policy and Practice with Impact,” the two States collaborated with their international counterparts in Germany to broaden their knowledge about how to deliver high-quality apprenticeships in the economy of today and tomorrow.

The visit to the Cities of Bonn and Cologne took place during November 10-16, 2019, and coincided with two major US events highlighting workforce development, international knowledge exchange, and apprenticeship policy and practice:
International Workforce Development Week in Washington, DC (November 5-8, 2019) supported by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and
National Apprenticeship Week (November 11-17, 2019), a country-wide celebration giving businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs.

"The objective of the visit to Germany was to 'go to the source' of this workforce development model admired around the world, asking questions on behalf of our respective State workforce systems," said AAI Program Director Jennifer McCullough.

"This was a learning process, rooted in understanding the parts of our State systems which are already achieving results, and in identifying areas for improvement. 

"Our visit began in Bonn, home to the German Federal government departments with responsibility for overseeing public policy and government-initiated research on apprenticeships throughout the country. Here, we also visited with the Institute of Labor Economics, the hub of a global network of research on labor economics. We then traveled to Cologne, to discuss the economic case for apprenticeships, the country-to-country transfer ability of credentials, the education and certification elements of apprenticeships, and perspectives from the City of Cologne and local businesses as employers."


The experience was chronicled through NYATEP's podcast "NYATEP on the Road."

From Left: Melinda Mack,NYATEP; Sylvie Nelson, Executive Director of the North Country Workforce Development Board; Martha Ponge, MACNY; Jennifer McCullough, AAI Program Director and Dan Porter, Executive Director of Chemung, Schuyler & Steuben Workforce New York
From Left: Lee Graham, Michigan IEBW; Sylvie Nelson, Executive Director of the North Country Workforce Development Board; Melinda Mack, NYATEP; Jennifer McCullough, AAI Program Director; Luann Dunford, Michigan Works; Natalie Baransky. Washington DC Coordinator; Laura Schoeborn-Pruess, Dwys Manufacturing in Michigan; Dan Porter, Executive Director of Chemung, Schuyler & Steuben Workforce New York; Amy LeBednick, Michigan Works; Martha Ponge, MACNY; Joe Thiry, Michigan Works; Luther Rossbach, Stiemel Manufacturing; and Raik Jakschis, German interpreter
"We appreciate the willingness of our German partners to share their experience with us, and we are eager to reciprocate."

--Jennifer McCullough, AAI Program Director


In early 2019, spurred by New York Governor Cuomo’s and Michigan Governor Whitmer’s emphasis on the expansion of apprenticeships in each State, NYATEP and MWA joined together to initiate an international knowledge exchange visit to Germany. 

The New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) is New York’s State-wide workforce development organization representing the State’s 33 local workforce development boards, the State and City community college systems, literacy providers, community-based organizations, local governments, labor unions, economic development agencies, and career and technical education providers. 

The Michigan Works! Association (MWA) provides services and support to Michigan’s workforce system. Michigan Works! represents the first State-wide, unified workforce development system in the United States, and today serves as a model that has been emulated based on the long-standing success of the system.

Together, these State-wide organizations represent innovation, progress and leadership on public policy and program delivery on behalf of their members.
New Campaign Aims to Reshape the Public's Perception of Manufacturing
The National Association of Manufacturers and  The Manufacturing Institute , the workforce and education partner of the NAM, are on a mission to reshape the public’s perception of manufacturing.

Why Should You Consider Becoming an Apprentice?
Benefits of Apprenticeship
  • Helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce.
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line.
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits and employee tuition benefits in some states.
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention.
  • Creates industry driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs.
  • Allows workers to earn and learn at the same time.

M ore and more companies are realizing the advantages we can offer in helping to train their future workforce .

Employers: If you are interested in becoming a sponsor , please let us know!

We can also help you set up a new apprenticeship program .
Congratulations, Raymond Corporation!
Raymond Corporation Recognized

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce recently selected The Raymond Corporation for its 2019 Corporate Citizen Award.

Raymond, headquartered in Greene, New York, was recognized for providing philanthropic support to more than 150 nonprofit and educational organizations through monetary contributions, forklift donations and volunteer participation. Raymond also hosts several community and education events at its facility to encourage manufacturing industry growth within Broome and Chenango counties, as well as surrounding areas.

Each year, Raymond invites local students to attend its Manufacturing Day and Engineering Day events, in which attendees can learn career skills from hands-on activities and Raymond professionals.


High-Demand Apprenticeship Occupations:
  • CNC Set-Up Programmer — Milling and Turning
  • Machinist, Precision
  • Industrial Maintenance Repairer
  • Mold Maker, Die Casting, and Plastic Molding
  • Plastics Fabricator
  • Tool and Die Maker

Consider Sponsoring An Apprenticeship

"Increasingly, advanced manufacturing companies are turning to apprenticeship to develop, grow, and retain a skilled workforce. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas to produce qualified, highly-productive employees for careers requiring precision skills. Apprenticeship training ensures workers have the knowledge and competencies companies need for today and tomorrow."
--US Department of Labor

Advanced Manufacturing Industry Resources from the US Department of Labor
  • Advanced Manufacturing Fact Sheet
  • Manufacturing and Apprenticeship Toolkit
  • Employer's Playbook for Building an Apprenticeship Program
  • Minding the Gap: Investing in a Skilled Manufacturing Workforce
  • Manufacturing Industry Competency Models
  • Mentoring for Apprenticeship: Train-the-Trainer for On-the-Job Training

"We are committed to supporting and looking for new ways to expand apprenticeships for women to earn a living while learning the skills they need to succeed in their careers," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia.

"As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, it is important to highlight the ways apprenticeships can give women new opportunities across a range of industries."
National Summit on Women In Apprenticeship

As part of National Apprenticeship Week activities, the U.S. Department of Labor recently hosted more than 200 stakeholders from around the country at the National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship at the Department's headquarters in Washington D.C.

Sponsored by the Department's Women's Bureau, the summit – which brought together apprenticeship sponsors, employers, educational institutions, foundations, labor unions, policymakers, researchers, trade and industry groups, women and girls' advocacy groups and workforce agencies – explored the challenges and emerging opportunities in recruiting and retaining women in apprenticeship programs. They also outlined some best practices to help them succeed in apprenticeship and non-traditional careers.

Who We Are
In Central New York, The Herkimer, Madison, Oneida (HMO) Workforce Development Board's (WDB)  American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) Grant  is building a  new sustainable regional workforce pipeline  specific to  advanced manufacturing  including nanotechnology, cybersecurity and unmanned vehicle systems.

AAI helps companies  registered in the apprenticeship program recruit, train, retain and develop a diverse workforce of skilled employees .

Apprenticeships create a pipeline of skilled workers to help employers prepare for the “grey tsunami,” mend the skills gap and bring their companies to the next level. AAI can also help businesses set up an apprenticeship program .

AAI helps high school and college students, disconnected youth, unemployed adults, minorities and veterans  prepare for and secure apprenticeship opportunities. There is no charge to enroll in the program.

We provide opportunities to participants for:
  • On-the-Job Learning
  • Job Related Technical/Classroom or Online Instruction
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training

This program is available to residents and businesses located in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.

CONTACT US   to find out how we can help!
Need Training Help?
Are you a smaller company looking to get additional training for your employees? We have heard from some of you regarding the need for  safety classes and more . If you would be interested in teaming up with other companies that are in a similar situation, let us know .
The Deloitte 2018 skills gap in manufacturing study notes that approximately 2.4 million positions are on track to go unfilled through 2028. 

The Workforce Development Institute Helps Manufacturing Days Gain Momentum

"During October - recognized nationally as Manufacturing Month - WDI staff collaborated with partners in virtually every region of the state to produce innovative programming aimed at changing misperceptions about manufacturing and steering new workers toward this high demand field."

Want to Do Business With Cree?
Cree is building world’s largest silicon carbide fabrication facility in Marcy.
Click below to view forms that collect information from potential new supplier businesses for review by the purchasing department at Cree.
This process will assist in streamlining Cree’s supplier review procedure. If Cree is interested in the products and/or services your company provides, or if any other information is required, you will be contacted by a Cree purchasing representative.

From all of us here at AAI, we wish you a
happy & prosperous
New Year!
2020: Future of Manufacturing Technology

Industry Week takes a look at the state of manufacturing technology and what's in store for us on the road ahead.

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About the Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison, Oneida (HMO) Counties:
The role of the local Workforce Development Board (WDB) is system focused and strategic in nature. As a decision-making entity, the WDB determines priorities of service, negotiates measures, facilitates integration, and ensures quality outcomes. By understanding workforce development needs, anticipating trends, and focusing on system outcomes and performance, the WDB can effect substantial long-term change in the economic well being of the community.
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