ALN Module 4: Growing Apprenticeships in Non-Traditional Industries and Occupations

A key component of expanding registered apprenticeship in Michigan is broadening into new industries and occupations.

Registered Apprenticeships are established not just for the building and construction trades, but also for the healthcare, IT, agriculture, energy and advanced manufacturing industries, as well as others.

Learn strategies for engaging your sector partners and employer networks to expand the occupations for which there are registered apprenticeships in your region. Key tactics and innovative and customized programs will be discussed. You won’t want to miss this training!

(NOTE: This module, as with all Apprenticeship Learning Network modules, is a stand-alone training. It is not required/expected that you have also attended previous modules.)

Key Takeaways
  • How labor market info can assist in understanding target occupations and industries
  • Examples of best practices in target industries
  • Differing registered apprenticeship models, based on industry
  • Diversifying your registered apprenticeship industries in non-traditional fields


Draft Agenda Topics
  • Welcome and introductions from TIA Director, Wanda Stokes and Marcia Black-Watson, Division Administrator, Workforce Development - Industry Engagement
  • Apprentice occupations by the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives
  • Panelist sessions to showcase non-traditional occupations and apprenticeship
  • Making WIOA work for apprenticeship – creative ways to fund and encourage new apprenticeships in non-traditional industries
  • Marketing apprenticeship and changing perception


Who Should Attend?
  • Michigan Works! business services and employment services staff
  • Talent partners
  • Educators/required training and instruction providers



Monday, December 11, 2017

Okemos Conference Center
2187 University Park Dr
Okemos, MI 48864

Registration: 8:30 am
Training: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch will be served)


$55 member; $80 non-member


Presented by 
  • Special Guest Speaker: Scott Ellsworth, Jobs for the Future
  • State of Michigan experts in apprenticeship and federal program funding
  • Employers and workforce practitioners involved in non-traditional apprenticeship programs

Scott Ellsworth, Principal and Owner
Scott Ellsworth Consulting 

Through his consulting firm, Scott works with employers, community colleges, community-based organizations, and other workforce organizations to more fully engage employers in developing effective programs. It is no longer enough for employers to sit on the sidelines and hope that the workforce system will succeed at providing workers that meet their skill needs, instead they must play a key role in helping to make it successful. In addition, he provides interim leadership and services to small and medium-sized businesses whose owners are ready to transition to the next challenge in their lives.

Scott is the former Director of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU).  BLU is Washington DC-based advocacy and education organization that strives to bring employers into the workforce and skills gap discussion.  BLU has had a significant impact on the workforce landscape and in 2014 Scott left his successful career in manufacturing to focus on closing the skills gap and making sure the US workforce system is more effective today and into the future.