Franklin Apprenticeships marks National Apprenticeship Week

Franklin Apprenticeships marks National Apprenticeship Week

Developing new occupational standards as a Standards Recognition Entity

BALTIMORE, MD, November 13, 2020: Franklin Apprenticeships, a Maryland-based national apprenticeship delivery expert organization, this week marked National Apprenticeship Week with the development of new occupational standards to provide solid foundations for high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). Recently named a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Franklin is driving to increase the number and breadth of apprenticeships available to industry, with the related career openings for individuals through the development of IRAPs.

“Recognition as an SRE allows the Franklin Apprenticeships delivery team to build on our own track record of Registered Apprenticeships, acting now as the sponsor to create a range of high quality IRAPs in support of our industry partners,” said Andy Smyth, Franklin’s Vice President of Apprenticeship Services. “National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to recognize this progress, and to highlight the transformative power of modern apprenticeship programs for apprentices and employers alike.”

The first IRAPs being prepared for approval by the Franklin SRE are IT Help Desk Technician, Team Leader and Operations Manager.  IT Help Desk Technician training will benefit all companies, while Team Leader and Operations Manager will support individuals moving into supervisory roles or taking on more formal management responsibility.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia commented, “As workers seek to re-enter the workforce following the economic disruption caused by coronavirus, Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs and the SREs that recognize them will provide new opportunities for Americans to earn a living while learning the skills needed in a changing job market.”

Smyth added, “Apprenticeship programs bring new and underserved segments of the population into the workforce and provide career development opportunities to existing employees.”

With the mission of Changing the American Workforce, Franklin Apprenticeships is an industry leader in the movement towards using the power of modern apprenticeships to solve the workforce talent gap and the educational debt crisis facing the U.S. today.

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Franklin Apprenticeships leverages its extensive modern apprenticeship expertise to deliver Technology Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships nationally. Franklin attracts workers in overlooked communities, and under employed workers and introduces attractive, lucrative career paths, broadens the talent pool and upskills incumbent workers for employers, elevating organizational and personal outcomes. www.FranklinApprenticeships.com #changingtheamericanworkforce

 

Franklin Apprenticeships Named a Standards Recognition Entity by U.S. Department of Labor

Franklin Apprenticeships Named a Standards Recognition Entity by U.S. Department of Labor

Charged with validating high-quality Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), Franklin will leverage its apprenticeship expertise to help employers and industry solve workforce issues by expanding tech apprenticeships.

BALTIMOREOct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that Franklin Apprenticeships has been designated as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). The DOL established SREs as part of a strategic commitment to apprenticeship development and expansion. Apprenticeships have a proven track record of producing strong results for both employers and workers but have been underutilized as a workforce tool in high-growth industries.

As one of 18 approved SREs, Franklin Apprenticeships is charged with evaluating, approving and monitoring IRAPs across a broad array of sectors, but focused on technology and technology adjacent occupations.

This recognition marks a major step forward for employers and industry associations interested in designing frameworks specifically tailored for individual occupations within an industry. Franklin Apprenticeships will continue delivering Registered Apprenticeships but will also seek to grow the availability of high quality IRAPs by partnering with individual corporations, state governments, university systems, and associations to establish apprenticeship programs for entire industries.


“We are excited to play a significant role in the next step of the US apprenticeship evolution,” said Kimberly Nichols, Co-Founder and CEO of Franklin Apprenticeships. “This marks the culmination of a great deal of effort on the part of the Franklin team and allows us to leverage our experience as apprenticeship delivery experts to take part in mainstreaming the power of apprenticeships to transform the workplace. We look forward to guiding and assisting IRAP sponsors.”


Franklin will establish a new unit to focus exclusively on SRE services, Nichols added. Leading the team will be Franklin’s Vice President of Apprenticeship Services, Andy Smyth, a 33-year veteran of the apprenticeship field with a background in establishing large-scale apprenticeship programs for global organizations. Andy also serves as a Trustee of City and Guilds, one of the world’s leading skills development organizations with over 140 years’ expertise.

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Franklin Apprenticeships
Franklin Apprenticeships leverages its extensive modern apprenticeship expertise to deliver Technology Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships nationally. Franklin attracts workers in overlooked communities, and under employed workers and introduces attractive, lucrative career paths, broadens the talent pool and upskills incumbent workers for employers, elevating organizational and personal outcomes. www.FranklinApprenticeships.com  #changingtheamericanworkforce

Franklin Apprenticeships Partners with UMBC to Jump Start IT Careers

Franklin Apprenticeships Partners with UMBC to Jump Start IT Careers

BALTIMORE, MD   |    AUGUST 27, 2020

Franklin Apprenticeships is pleased to announce the launch of a pre-apprenticeship training program in partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). UMBC’s IT and technology programs are among the most highly regarded in the nation.

Thanks in part to sponsorships from the states of Maryland and Missouri, we’ve initiated a five-week IT pre-apprentice program, conducted virtually to allow students to learn remotely. Candidates successfully completing the program achieve a CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (ITF+) certification, an important baseline qualification in the field of IT services.

Pre-apprentices commit to four hours per day, four days per week, mastering the necessary skills for the CompTIA certification. The fifth day of each week is devoted to “soft skills,” the professional polish required to interview well and shine in future interactions with co-workers and customers. In addition to the in-course instruction, each student is guided and monitored by a Franklin Apprenticeships Personal Success Coach.

Early results from this pre-apprenticeship program have been outstanding, with 20 graduates from each cohort session now prepared to continue on a full, paid apprenticeship career path. The candidate pool reflects a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, and the program is on pace to achieve more than 100 graduates by mid-September 2020.

Franklin is excited to offer this new entry point for IT career seekers, and to help build the pipeline of well-qualified candidates for in-demand, high-paying positions.

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About Franklin Apprenticeships
Franklin Apprenticeships is igniting a movement. We offer the strategy, tools, and support network to help shape a re-imagined Apprenticeship system. Working in partnership with Educators, Businesses, Families, and Economic and Workforce Development Agencies, Franklin Apprenticeships is the first US-based firm dedicated solely to delivering on the promise for modernization of US Apprenticeship Programs.


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Franklin Apprenticeships Signs White House’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” to Fill Growing Number of Job Openings in Tech Field

Franklin Apprenticeships Signs White House’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” to Fill Growing Number of Job Openings in Tech Field

On July 30, 2019, Franklin Apprenticeships announced that it has signed the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers.

The Pledge currently has more than 50 CTA members — including previous signatories Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Ford, HP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Toyota, VISA, and Walmart — that have committed to more than two million new opportunities, almost 30 percent of total pledges. Franklin Apprenticeships has pledged to train 2,500 technology workers.

The consumer tech sector indirectly supports 18.2 million American jobs and almost 12 percent of U.S. GDP. But there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill the growing number of job openings in emerging technology sectors including 5G, AI, and Cloud Computing.

According to CTA’s Future of Work survey, tech executives report that software development, data analytics, and engineering are the tech skills in highest demand, with 74 percent of those saying it’s difficult to find candidates with the right skills.

“With workforce development in the tech arena being a critical issue in the U.S., we are honored to be a member of CTA and support its participation in the Pledge to America’s Workers,” said Kimberly Nichols, CEO and Co- Founder, Franklin Apprenticeships. “Apprenticeships are a cost-effective workforce solution that has proven to benefit both businesses and individuals.  As a part of the Pledge, we will prepare workers who are entering the workforce — and those that are underemployed, unemployed, or displaced — for in-demand careers, which will help ensure employers have the skilled labor they need to succeed.” 

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Franklin Apprenticeships Brings Its Digital Apprenticeships Program to Maryland

Franklin Apprenticeships Brings Its Digital Apprenticeships Program to Maryland

Franklin Apprenticeships announced today, May 20, 2019, a press release communicating the benefits of a new partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to bring its Digital Apprenticeship program to the State. The program is a response to the growing demand from Maryland employers who need assistance filling their talent pipeline with skilled tech workers – one of the most important workforce issues facing businesses, today.

The Digital Apprenticeships program applies a proven model that builds a motivated, skilled workforce by attracting, training, and certifying a diverse pool of career ready, job-ready candidates.  Program participants receive recruitment, on boarding, and mentoring support — including certified Success Coaches to maximize apprenticeship completion, industry certification, and success rates.

Initial candidate roles are focused on IT Help Desk, but plans are underway for expansion into Network Engineer and Cyber Security Specialists.

Interested employers and job seekers are encouraged to apply.

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Franklin Apprenticeships And State Of Missouri Announce Partnership

Franklin Apprenticeships And State Of Missouri Announce Partnership

In a recent press release from April 8, 2019, Franklin Apprenticeships announced a key partnership with the State of Missouri aimed at creating modernized apprenticeship programs in both the automotive and IT industries. This groundbreaking new program will solve skilled labor shortages, create new middle skills career pathways, and help communities in Missouri attract new talent.

The State of Missouri has been working diligently since 2016 to help its displaced workers, students and graduates find sustainable and successful careers. The new Missouri Digital and AutoMOtive! Programs will increase the skill and education levels of its residents while enhancing the states competitiveness in these industries.

Franklin Apprenticeships offers expertise and a proven model of apprenticeship development and were engaged to bring employers to the table to address the local economic needs of Missouri and to develop a skilled workforce. This expertise and collaboration with Missouri’s Department Of Workforce Development will help fill jobs that Missouri employers need to improve productivity and innovation and provide opportunities for Missouri citizens to learn in-demand skills and create new careers.

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New Company, Franklin Apprenticeships, Aims To Modernize American Apprenticeships

New Company, Franklin Apprenticeships, Aims To Modernize American Apprenticeships

May 31, 2017, Washington DC. –– In an announcement made today,  Franklin Apprenticeships, dedicated to modernizing and organizing an American apprenticeship industry, launches its innovative new company. Aimed at revitalizing an age-old practice to bring hope to America’s 21st century workforce issues, Franklin Apprenticeships wants to invigorate practical, real-life workforce training and development.

Originally announced at the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum in Washington, DC in November 2016, the founders at Franklin Apprenticeships have been engaged in aggressively securing and supporting apprenticeship programs that are set to begin this year. These efforts aim to bridge the skills gaps between employees and employers, as well as workforce development entities that need to attract and retain young workers in their communities.

The first mover in the US marketplace dedicated to fast tracking and growing a new Apprenticeship Movement, the Franklin Apprenticeships consulting and capacity building services are focused on unlocking the potential for America to regain competitive edge in high growth industries. Learn more about Franklin Apprenticeships.

Read the full news release here.