Industry and Education Members Help Draft New DOL “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist” Registered Apprenticeship

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) has announced approval of a new Competency-based Occupational Framework (CBOF) for the occupation of Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist. For the past 3 years, a group of visionary industry and education members from Michigan and across the country collaborated on drafting the framework for an innovative 21st century registered apprenticeship, “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist” with assistance from the Urban Institute in Washington DC and Workplace Intelligence Network (WIN) and led by Kelly Victor-Burke of Burke Architectural Millwork, who conceived and drafted the initial framework. The newly approved registered apprenticeship was created to address the employment gap in woodworking and[...]

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Industry and Education members draft a new Dept. of Labor “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist” Apprenticeship

Exciting news! A registered “woodwork manufacturing specialist” apprenticeship should be available in about a year! This is a hot topic and something our industry has needed for quite some time. It will help wood manufacturers (especially small and medium-sized) be able to offer an apprenticeship in their factories. According to Mark Smith, a member of the development committee for the apprenticeship, the group plans to submit the apprenticeship to the DOL for review in October, and the approval process is expected to take one year. Read all the details here. [...]

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