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The Works Podcast
28 minutes | 4 months ago
A Conversation with Scott Jedele from the Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity
In this episode, we sit down with Scott Jedele, Administration Manager with apprenticeship expansion, department of labor and economic opportunity. Scott explains what LEO does, what registered apprenticeships are and how they fit within LEO, how they are involved in the process and the value to employers.To learn more, visit https://www.michigan.gov/leo/.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
A Conversation with Rick Mason from Flint & Saginaw Electrical JATC
In this episode, we speak with Rick Mason, Training Director with Flint and Saginaw Electrical JATC. Rick discusses with the JATC does, as well as electricians role, working conditions, occupations offered and the application process.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
A Conversation on Apprenticeships and Paid Training Programs
In this episode, we speak with Apprentice and training coordinator for the Michigan bricklayers and Allied Crafter workers training center, Howard Hipes. Howard guides us through the advantages of an apprenticeship, learning many things before you ever see them on the job site, so when you do see them, you’ve already had an introduction to them, and you know what’s going on.He explains working conditions based on the different job types, talks about the many occupations that are under the bricklayers’ umbrella, dispelling myths around unions, and also discusses women coming in the trades more and more.Next, Wanda sits down with Shawn O'Neil, the director of training for the painters and allied trades union. Shawn discusses what the painters and allied trade union does, how they find work, the typical working conditions of the job and the occupations that are offered in the union. For more information, please visit http://www.iupatdc1michigan.org.
38 minutes | 4 months ago
A Conversation with Matt Rajda, Training Coordinator for Iron Workers Local 25
In this episode, we sit down with Matt Rajda, the training coordinator for the Iron Workers local 25 training center as he explains his role, what ironworkers do, the different occupations in the trade as well as the working conditions and application process. For more information, please visit http://www.ironworkers25.org/apprenticeship
13 minutes | 5 months ago
A Conversation on Starting a Registered Apprenticeship with Russel Davis
In this episode, we speak with, Russel Davis, Michigan State Director for the United States Depart of Labor, Office of Apprenticeships. Russel discusses what makes up an actual registered apprenticeship and breaks down what the five basic components of an apprenticeship, and how they differ from any other work-based trainings. If you are an employer looking to start a registered apprenticeship program, learn more at apprenticeship.gov.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
A Conversation with John Hartwell, Career & Outreach Coordinator for Operating Engineers 324
In this episode, apprenticeship manager Wanda Bigelow sits down with John Hartwell, Career and Outreach Coordinator for Operating Engineers for 324 and talks about what operating engineers do and what an exciting trade it is to be in, every day being a new day.John also walks us through the apprenticeship process, and the career process in the union, and working conditions. With an earn while you learn model, and pride in the trade, work ethic and leadership skills will take you anywhere.
34 minutes | 10 months ago
A Conversation With Lynn Coleman & Joel Archibald
In this episode, we sit down with Lynn Coleman, Director of Michigan Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Institute and Joel Archibald, Business Manager for Laborers International Local 75.Lynn and Joel explain the construction trade, work ethic, and the importance and need of working from the ground up. For more information on the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute, please visit https://mltai.org. For more information on the Laborers International local, please visit https://www.mi-laborers.org
40 minutes | a year ago
A Conversation With Quentin Bishop
In this episode, we sit down with Quentin Bishop, Executive Director of Lapeer Economic Corporation (LDC).The LDC provides business services that are tailored to meet specific needs and has workforce partners like us, Pure Michigan Talent Connect, as well as WDA to ensure talent and businesses are connected.Quentin explains the need of shifting our perspective of apprenticeships away from being only traditional trade jobs to a more diverse, multi-industry setting.To learn more about Lapeer Development Corporation, please visit http://www.lapeerdevelopment.com or contact Quentin directly at email@example.com or on his cell 313-310-7634.
29 minutes | a year ago
A Conversation With Diana Allard
In this episode, we sit with Diana Allard, Director of Genesee ISD for Career and Technical Education.Diana explains how Career Technical Education (CTE) programs bridge the gap between businesses and students by acting as the liaison between schools, the Genesee Career Institute and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Office of Career and Technical Preparation with post secondary training.For more information on Career and Technical Education Services, please visit https://www.geneseeisd.org/educational_programs/career_technical_education/cte_services
25 minutes | a year ago
A conversation with Luke Zelley
In this episode, we speak with Luke Zelley, CEO of the Disability Network, in honor of October being National Disability Month.The Disability Network is a local, private non-profit in Genesee County that believes in a world where everyone has value. The Disability Networks connects people to businesses, with the thought process that everybody has potential. They help shine a light on traits that some would look at a person with a disability as a “weakness” and use it as a strength in the workforce.Luke explains that if they can get people to rethink disabilities, it will remove the unconscious bias most people have for the disabled. Not everybody with a disability needs an accommodation. Their mission is to change the perception, the way people see others with disabilities, by being bold enough to have these conversations and change peoples minds about what a disability looks like or what it doesn’t look like, taking the disability “stigma” out of the workplace.To learn more about the disability network, please visit https://www.disnetwork.org. For a full transcript of this podcast, click here.
15 minutes | a year ago
A Conversation With Executive Director of Huron County Community Foundation, Mackenzie Price Sundblad
In this podcast, we chat with Executive Director of Huron County Community Foundation, Mackenzie Price Sundblad about the Huron County Community Foundation and learn more about the Young Professionals Network initiative. The Huron Community Foundation supports a broad range of philanthropic interests in Huron County to support and improve the quality of life in Huron County. The foundation acts as helping partner in the community through challenges and opportunities through community education as well as create grants to address adaptive community needs. The foundation’s goal is to retain and attract a talented workforce in creating dynamic and vibrant communities and cultivating an environment for business communities. In doing this, they have created an initiative known as the Huron County Young Professional Network. YPN exists to enhance talent retention rate by building the community. The goal is to provide networking opportunities for those in their 20s and 30s who live in and work in Huron County.If you are interested in learning more about the Huron County Community Foundation, please visit: http://www.huroncountycommunityfoundation.org/mission
24 minutes | a year ago
A Conversation With Jim McLoskey
In this episode, we speak with Jim Mclessky, communications director for the Tuscola economic development corporation. Jim explains the role of the Tuscola EDC, the LEAD Tuscola Program and shares his favorite success stories.The Tuscola EDC collaborates with businesses communicating any sales and staffing and issues, as well as addressing any pinch points the company might have. When possible, The EDC meets with each company’s CEO, plant director, and HR director to make sure all of their needs are met and Inform them of up to date state program information. As we all know, good two-way communication is the key to company success, business owners love the updates. The main issue companies have is finding good, reliable talent. The EDC aims to meet with all of the manufacturing and agriculture businesses at least once a year, as it’s easier to retain a company in your county than to recruit one to come.Lead Tuscola is a 10-month program to introduce Tuscola County residents to programs and opportunities for local leadership. This 20-year-old program helps train future leaders either in business or community-based organizations. Lead Tuscola is always looking for more students. To learn more, please visit LeadTuscola.org
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