Identifying Apprenticeship Opportunities in the all Hazard Emergency Management Career Fields
The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management (CoE HSEM) has been working since the beginning of the year with State Board for Community and Technical College, RAISE Grant Team, Labor and Industries, and State Labor Council staff along with Pierce College and Center staff on identifying apprenticeship opportunities in the all hazard emergency management career fields. Our attached November newsletters briefly summarizes some of the work we have accomplished below. We are excited to share the announcement that was made by Peter Guzman, our Policy Associate, with the State Board on December 18, about the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of WA have agreed to pursue a registered apprenticeship program. Rachel McAloon with LNI will be working with the Insurance Industry along with Ron May, Dean at Pierce College on this new apprenticeship program. Danny Marshal, Program Administrator with Workforce Educations shared with Ron and Linda Crerar, CoE Director, that the Insurance Association will be submitting a proposal for approval at the Spring meeting (April 19,2018) of the Washington State Apprenticeship & Training Council. Their goal is to partner with Pierce for the initial program. Danny also praised the work done by the COE for HSEM to organize the efforts to kick this off.
Center of Excellence – Developing and Expanding Apprenticeship Programs for Our CTC colleges and programs
Members of the RAISE Grant Team, Labor & Industries, State Board, and State Labor along with Pierce College and Center staff have continued to hold meetings with organizations and businesses interested in apprenticeships. A meeting was held November 3, in Tukwila with the Belfor Regional Director, Kurt Daviscourt, to discuss the apprenticeship process and models. Belfor a national mitigation company, Corrections State Programs, and the Insurance Industries to continue discussions to establish apprenticeship programs with these industries. Additional meetings with the Insurance Industry were held in November. Meetings with both of these groups was very productive and commitments have been made to move forward in 2018 with establishing apprenticeship or externship type programs. State Board staff are providing additional staffing support and researching funding assistance to enable
Peter Guzman said that he is “pleased to announce that the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of WA are prepared to develop a Registered Apprenticeship program for their Insurance sector. As you know, we have been meeting with Daniel and Deborah from the insurance industry for months now discussing the merits of apprenticeship and whether it’s a good fit in meeting their skilled workforce needs. They have concluded that it meets their future business model in fulfilling their workforce needs; I have advised them about the formal stages of developing a registered program which involves the forming of an Apprenticeship Committee that is followed by the development of “Apprenticeship Program Standards”. All of this of course needs LNI guidance in mentoring them through the steps necessary that requires the WA State Apprenticeship Council’s approval.”