From Challenges to Solutions: Zach Boren on Streamlining Apprenticeships
Patrick Cushing, Zach Boren
May 1, 2024

Welcome to another insightful episode of Workhands Interview. Today, we had the pleasure of hosting Zach Boren from the Urban Institute, who shared his expertise on modernizing apprenticeships. Zach highlighted the critical need for improved customer support for employers and discussed the pivotal role of intermediaries in simplifying the apprenticeship process. He emphasized the importance of reducing startup costs and administrative burdens to make apprenticeships more accessible and appealing to a broader range of industries. Join us as we delve into the transformative ways to enhance the apprenticeship landscape, ensuring it's a viable and attractive path for workforce development. Don't miss this compelling conversation, packed with actionable insights for entrepreneurs and policymakers alike.

Interview With Cory Blaylock
Patrick Cushing, Cory Blaylock
May 1, 2024

Welcome back to Workhands Interviews. In today’s episode, we were joined by Cory Blaylock, director of workforce partnerships at IPC International. Cory shared fascinating insights into the challenges and solutions in managing nationwide apprenticeships. He highlighted the complexities of dealing with state-specific regulations and the need for a standardized process to simplify training across multiple states. More importantly, Cory discussed the strategic use of tools to ease the documentation and compliance burden, making it smoother for employers of all sizes to implement effective apprenticeship programs. Thanks for tuning in, and we look forward to more enlightening discussions like hers on our podcast.

Apprenticeship Programs: The Struggle with Diverse Funding Sources
Patrick Cushing, Debbie Hopkins
May 1, 2024

Hello everyone, this is Patrick Cushing from Workhands. In our latest episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Debbie Hopkins from Appteon Inc, a company deeply involved with federal apprenticeships. Debbie highlighted the complexities that apprenticeship sponsors face, managing multiple funding sources with varying requirements across different states. She expressed a need for a universal system or software that could streamline the management of funds and track apprentice progression efficiently. To learn more about the intricacies and potential solutions for funding apprenticeships, tune into this insightful conversation on our podcast.

Make Apprenticeship Simpler: Bhavani Arabandi
Patrick Cushing, Bhavani Arabadi
April 25, 2024
  • Insights on Modern Apprenticeships: "I'm a labor sociologist by training and have worked in apprenticeship for about seven years now, first at the Department of Labor as a program analyst, and then now at Urban Institute in various capacities."— Bhavani Arabadi 00:00:1400:00:29

  • Rethinking College Preparedness: "I've been a college professor myself, and I found a lot of students that are in my classroom are actually not prepared for college in several different ways. One, they lack the preparation academically. You know, they might be in school districts that, you know, might not have the resources and do not have the recommended, like the rigorous training for students."— Bhavani Arabadi 00:01:0900:01:33

  • Challenges Facing College Students: "Like, I had a student who was working three jobs while in college full time. Like, how do you expect this, this young person to pay attention to anything that you're doing in classroom?"— Bhavani Arabadi 00:01:3700:01:47

  • Exploring Apprenticeships Beyond Traditional Trades: "It has to come consistently from several sources, I think. And students themselves need to be exposed to apprenticeships in a way where they know it's not just the trades."— Bhavani Arabadi 00:02:3500:02:51

  • Exploring Alternative Educational Paths: "So I think there's a lot of awareness raising that college for all is not the only thing to do, but also, like, apprenticeship has lots of career opportunities."— Bhavani Arabadi 00:03:1300:03:24

  • Rethinking Career Education in Schools: "I guess I would expose the teachers at the school at much earlier levels, like, even from middle school to high school, expose them to apprenticeship and other opportunities so then they can advise students in a lot of, how do you say, turning points at students thinking about apprenticeship, about career choices and things like that."— Bhavani Arabadi 00:04:0000:04:53

  • Impact of Initiatives: "I think I would start there. I'm not saying it would, but it would, I think, make the deepest impact as well."— Bhavani Arabadi 00:04:5400:05:02