Apprenticeship Learning Network (ALN) Module 2: Engaging Underrepresented Populations

Registered apprenticeships are a great work-based learning model to address skill shortages in a variety of fields.

But there are often misperceptions about jobs, pay rate, length of time to complete the apprenticeship and the industries with which they are associated.

Times have changed. This is not your father’s apprenticeship program.

This session will cover the opportunity we have in Michigan to increase the diversity of registered apprenticeship (RA) talent pools and to better serve underrepresented populations, including:

  • Women
  • Minorities
  • Youth
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Veterans

This module is a call to action. Participants will leave with tools to help them access, recruit, retain and increase the number of underrepresented groups in registered apprenticeships.

(This module is a stand-alone training. It is not required/expected that you have also attended previous modules.)

Key Takeaways
  • Learn about the current state of RA in Michigan through baseline data that can be used when developing and implementing workforce development strategies to increase diversity
  • Identify how to access and recruit individuals from underrepresented populations for registered apprenticeships
  • Learn how to support and retain individuals from underrepresented populations once they are in registered apprenticeships
  • Connect with people and resources that can enhance your local strategies and help you more effectively recruit and support individuals from underrepresented populations in registered apprenticeships
Who Should Attend?
  • Michigan Works! business services and employment services staff
  • Talent partners
  • Educators/required training and instruction providers



Monday, May 1, 2017

Okemos Conference Center
2187 University Park Dr
Okemos, MI 48864

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


9:00 - 9:30  Opening Remarks
9:30 - 11:15 Plenary Session - Registered Apprenticeship: A National and International Perspective (National Governors' Association)
11:15 - 12:00 The State of Registered Apprenticeship Demographics in Michigan
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 2:15 Breakout Sessions
  • Youth in RAs
  • Women in RAs
  • Individuals with Disabilities in RAs
  • Racial and Ethnic Minorities in RAs
  • Veterans in RAs
2:30 - 4:00 Breakout Sessions (Repeat of above sessions)



$55 member; $80 non-member


Presented by 
  • Marcia Black Watson, Division Administrator, Industry Engagement, Workforce Development, Talent Investment Agency, State of Michigan
  • Kimberly Hauge, Policy Analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices
  • Scott Powell, PhD, Director of Research, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State of Michigan
  • Meghan Wills, Program Director, Economic Opportunity Division, National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices
  • Various subject matter experts to deliver breakout sessions