Keep the learning going!  Find below plenary presentation and breakout session slide decks from Day 1 of the 2020 H1-B Apprenticeship Virtual Grantee Convening.

Opening Plenary:  H-1B Apprenticeship Virtual Grantee Convening

The Department of Labor welcomed participants to the convening and shared departmental priorities, and highlighted grant accomplishments to date. The recording and PPT presentation is now available .

Session 1: Re-deploying Action Plans and Contingency Strategies for a Safe Reopening and Continuity of Grants Management Operations

Grantees have expressed that the global pandemic has truly impacted their approach to program implementation and operation of their proposed apprenticeship programs. H-1B grant peers shared how they approached their proposed apprenticeship action plans to stay on the right track and continue implementing their programs.

Session 2: New Models and Emerging Practices

SA and CSG grantees are pioneering new models for high-quality apprenticeships, including Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), unregistered programs, and Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) in cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Pioneering grantees shared new models and emerging program design practices, including benefits to participant recruitment, employers, and apprenticeship completion. (The Session 2 topic is repeated in Session 14 with different presenters.)

Session 3: Effective Participant Outreach and Recruitment

Effective outreach and recruitment strategies are fundamental to successful apprenticeship programs, but it can be difficult to gauge your efforts. Grantees discussed the decision-making process to boost outreach and recruitment efforts to improve program participation and enrollments to apprenticeship programs.

Session 4: Participant Intake, Progress Tracking and Reporting (Grantee Case Management Systems)

Grantees detailed their intake process and explain how their program management tools track progress, aid in internal monitoring, and connect to DOL reporting requirements.

Session 5: Strategies for Scaling and Expanding Apprenticeship Programs

Grantees shared strategies about how to scale up and expand their apprenticeship programs to increase the number of apprentices to new industries, occupations and states.

Session 6: Leveraging Your Partners for Success

Effective public and private partnerships can make or break a program. Grantees discussed cultivating relationships among required and optional partners such as trade associations, private industry partners, workforce development boards, nonprofits, and contractors to operate effective apprenticeship programs.