February 15, 2021
Perfect. So let's get started, good afternoon and welcome to the Michigan Ag ideas to Grow With Virtual Conference. Please note this session will be recorded. Should you choose to leave your video on, be aware that it may appear in the recording. Recordings for all sessions will be posted a few weeks after the conference. We ask that you please remain muted throughout the presentation. My name is Kelly Stelter and I am the local 4-H program coordinator for Berrien County. It is my pleasure to welcome you to this session which is on Apprenticeship 101. Today we will hear from my colleague Veronica Bolhuis and myself. Before we get started, we'd like to take a quick moment to thank our sponsors who are shown on the screen. Due to their generous support, we are able to offer this event at no charge to participants. Their generous support is also allowing us to provide a college scholarship opportunity. More information can be found at the link on the screen and will be emailed out to all of our conference attendees. As we get started, we have a short video that we'd like to share with you on food safety. Sorry about that. Just give us 1 second. We will come back to the video later on how's that? Veronica, we'll just keep moving along. Put your screen back to the PowerPoint. Yup, there you go. Thanks! I'm Veronica Bolhuis, I am a 4-H Program Coordinator in Kalamazoo county. I'll be presenting with Kelly and she introduced herself on the go. Next slide Kelly. We are working with Michigan Works and the Michigan State University Extension, on this grant funded program that was released in 2019. The link that you see on the screen is the link to this program and one that you can look up and work with youth if you are interested in doing so. So apprenticeship programs have grown throughout the years. So as you can see, the trend on the right-hand side, it has gone up significantly in the past few years of up to 585 thousand participants in 2018. And those are registered apprentices in 23,400 different registered programs across the United States as an apprenticeship programs have grown significantly and are ones that are good for youth to grow in their knowledge of an industry that they may feel there, interested in participating in in the future. There is some skills, the skills gap is real. 90 percent of senior executives believe that there's a gap that needs to be filled and we can do that through apprenticeships. So we're going to play a little game with you. And if you have a smartphone, you can download the Kahoot app or you can just type in the other link that you see on the screen, it will give you a code to that in just a minute. Game code is listed as the game pin, which is 3255470. If you're on a laptop or a desktop, Feel free to log into the URL, www.kahoot.it Or you may use the Kahoot app as well. So go ahead and we will do some apprenticeship one-to-one trivia. Everybody else, just a second to log in and start Again if your on your laptop, all you have to do is type in www. kahoot.it and then that game PIN. Let's go ahead and get started on the game Kelly. So our first question is, What is an apprenticeship a combination of? Is it On-the-job training and classroom training. Job training and mentorship. Classroom training, an online training, or On the job training and crying yourself to sleep. Go ahead and answer on your computer or phone. So an apprenticeship is a paid job that trains the worker to become skilled at that job. Hands-on work with classroom learning as an apprenticeship is learning. They also are applying the lessons in the workplace. So what makes an apprenticeship registered? Is the job posting on indeed.com? A job posting. The word apprentice in the title? It's an approved by the US Department of Labor? Or all of the above? Go ahead and answer. Perfect. So a registered apprenticeship is one that is reviewed and approved by the US Department of Labor. There are many benefits to being in a registered apprenticeship, including regularly scheduled wage increases, an eligibility for a journeyman card after the apprenticeship is completed. A journeyman is a worker skilled in a given building, trade, or craft. Journey men are considered competent and authorized to work in that field as a fully qualified employee. So how many classroom hours are required annually as a registered apprenticeship? 40? 184? 144? or 200? Go ahead and answer. So every registered apprenticeship spends approximately a 144 hours yearly in a classroom training environment. Learning theory about the job in which they are working the classroom could be at a community college, a Union Training Center, a room at the job site, a university or at other locations. You did not receive a paycheck during apprenticeship. Is that true or false? The answer is false. Apprenticeships are paid jobs where you can earn a paycheck while you learn a specific occupation. Registered apprenticeships are offered within the military. Is that true or false? The answer is true. Apprenticeships are operating in every branch of the armed forces. How many occupations have been registered for apprenticeships in the United States? Tens, thousands, hundreds, or millions. Go ahead and click on your answer. The answer is hundreds of individual jobs or occupations have been registered in the United States. And we have thousands of apprentices in the state of Michigan. So you need a GPA of 3.768 to be accepted into a registered apprenticeship? The answer is no. There are many ways to qualify, apprenticeships are for anyone who wants to earn a paycheck while they learn their job. And last, what is the first thing you need to do to prepare for a registered apprenticeship? Get your high school diploma or GED, growing their existing skills, research, and it could choose a career path or all of the above. The answer is, all of these items should be addressed as you prepare to apply for a registered apprenticeship. Guys did a good job. I saw a lot going in the chat to a lot of answers. So good job you guys. So there's a pyramid of working toward an apprenticeship. One of the things that you need to do is earn your high school diploma or GED. That's an important skill for or an important thing for any job. Grow your skills, think about what you need it for that job or that potential job, you want in the future. Growing those skills might be doing more math, doing more science, doing more English. So those are important skills for you to grow. Choose a career path. What do you want to do? Do you want to go into automotive? Do you want to go into IT? What does that look like? When you think about the career path? What are those careers? Research that career. What's the pay scale is there a 401K Is their insurance benefits, What does that look like? In the next row you're going to see write a resume and practice interviewing. We have classes within 4-H to do that. We have interviews for success class that you can take. And we can help you with writing those resumes and practicing for those interviews, visiting with a career advisor that might be talking to somebody in a job, that might be talking to somebody at your school. All right. I'm going to apply for apprenticeships, look at those jobs that you want and start applying for those as as a senior in high school. And then network. Who do you know that has a business that you're interested in learning more about. Maybe they have apprenticeships that you can talk to them about. And, and we'll work toward and then ace that interview. You want to make sure that you have those skills, whether it's through Zoom interview, a phone interview are face-to-face acing. That interview is going to help you to get that get that apprenticeship. Keep in mind registered apprenticeship programs are often competitive. So preparation, practice, and perseverance can help you stand out among other applicants. So we have a short video here from some people who are going through apprenticeships right now and what they're experiencing as they go through that apprenticeship. Welcome to, Apprenticeship 101. Brought to you by Michigan State University Extension, Macomb, St. Clair, Michigan Works and McCombs Intermediate School District. Up next activity five, apprenticeship interviews, video, Time to sit back and hear what registered apprentices are saying about their journey. These apprentices were once in your shoes trying to figure out their next step after high school. Do you recognize anyone? So I've always known about sheet metal, my grandfather and my and my uncle had gone through the apprenticeship your programs. I'd always been under the IT umbrella. And so I started working. like more technical projects and I picked up really fast. So they asked me if I wanted to take a more technical role. I went to Michigan Works and they told me that the IBEW was having pre apprenticeship program, I had to fill out an application like a traditional job, They will call you, see if you qualify or not. I decided to learn a little bit more about what I went to school for and I decided to join the apprenticeship program. I had to take an assessment to join the program. Once I pass the assessment, I go through a series of interviews. Luckily for me, I was already with the company, so I didn't have to interview within companies. And it was kind of a crash course of, let's see, actual apprenticeship. Just a little bit of schoolwork here and a little there's on-the-job training and just fell in love with it. I had been working a bunch of other jobs and I actually made a pretty decent position in my last job, but that was it for you. And so this gave me an opportunity to actually learn a skill and really build a career instead of as sort of a job. Joining the apprenticeship program just enabled me to better understand the process as a whole from a hands-on standpoint versus just looking at schedules on a computer screen. I learn better when I'm on the job or when I'm being taught in-person, I could just come into work, be taught by my co-worker and then take off sailing. My favorite thing right now is machining. you've got to think more when you machining or you mess up once you've gotta do the whole thing over. Ducts, pipes, steel, and everything like that. It's a little interesting to know the mathematics behind all that and how they work together. I really like that I learn a skill that I'll have for the rest of my life. Work with my hands, work with my brain, is something I've always thought I'd be good at and I like doing. You're constantly learning. I'm constantly doing new things. trying new stuff, trying to explore different avenues, going to get a head start on it. It's a pretty great program because it's free. And trainings free. You get a job, you get paid like you're doing. So at the end of the apprenticeship, the trade, the skill, whatever you learn, that's yours, like nobody's ever going to take that from you and they can't. It's a great way to learn a skill that you'll have for the rest of your life. And a way to build a really solid career that you're going to make, you can make a living out of. I started the program about a year after I graduated high school. And I'm really glad that I did. I'll have a long career ahead of me. And its really the earlier you can start, the better. With the apprenticeship too, I can get my foot in the door, like anywhere. I could go to automotive, I could go to military, I could go to aerodynamics. Everything is a good opportunity. I recommend to do an apprenticeship for anybody. Congratulations. We're going to open it up now for some questions. If you have questions, you can either unmute or you can put those in the chat. And we'll give everybody a couple of minutes to see if there's questions. Like I said, put it in the chat or unmute yourself and ask those questions. Kelly, While we're waiting for their questions, do you want to put the next slide up? Well, our contact information is on there. And then for more information on the apprenticeship 101 program, there's is the two links there. And we're also going to put those in the chat. So does residency or your nationality factor into eligibility. That's a great question. I'm not really sure. That would be something to talk to, well Kelly, unless you do, I would talk to your school counselor to start out with. And it may depend on the job. So seasonal or migratory or migration or migratory population. That's a great question, I would say if you're looking at again, in agriculture talking to those local farmers out there looking for that season. The help is a good place to start. Growing up, I worked with a lot of seasonal workers outdoors, you know, picking picking different berries. Kelly, did you have any suggestions on that? No. I think you got it. So are there any other questions? We do have a real short survey to that Kelly's going to put in the link or in the chat. So if you guys can fill out the quick survey for us and the activities that we did are just a couple of them that are in the curriculum. So just a real brief overview. But again, you can just put questions in the links there for you at such an evaluation. In the meantime, I will circle back to that original video. I'm a behavioral health educator with MSU Extension that folk says on farm stress with your farm stress tip. We know that farming is a stressful occupation and taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. When it comes to this, there is no one size fits all, but the eight dimensions of wellness can help provide you with tools that you need to stay energized and find a good life work, work-life balance. Those include the eight dimensions of wellness. Those are physical or any form of exercise can relieve stress. Intellectual activities that engage your mind such as reading, journaling, or maybe doing a puzzle can be helpful coping tools, financial or money management, having a plan, what does that look like can help reduce some of those financial stressors. Environmental spending non-work time in nature, green spaces has also been shown to relieve stress. Spiritual or connecting yourself with the world around you if you're not spiritual, this could also be done through meditation. Social, staying connected with your family and your friends are seeking out opportunities to make friends or maybe participating in community events, connecting with people that share similar interests. Occupationally, allowing yourself time to recharge and establish healthy boundaries and work-life balance is important. And finally, emotional. Detaching yourself from temporary forms of stress, using relax a relaxation techniques or re-framing your thoughts and participating in different activities that can engage you can be very helpful for reducing or relieving stress. And a number of these resources are available on the MSU Extension farm stress website where you can find more information and materials and resources and know that there are a lot of people working very hard behind the scenes to support you as you support us. Thank you and have a great day Veronica, did you get all the questions in the chat? Any more come in? There is one that I don't know the answer to. So I don't know if you do Kelly, it says there is there's the camp at MSU. But do you have any idea what the outcomes and placement of our partnership do you have contracts or demand to supply apprenticeship labor, corporations and Ag Business? And I don't know the answer to that. If you Patty want to send Kelly and I email, we will follow up and we will get you that information. So and I can put both I can put my e-mail and Kelly, if you put your e-mail in the chat, Are there other questions that you guys have this afternoon? Well with that, thank you for coming to our apprenticeship 101 session as we wrap up this session, I'd like to remind everyone to complete this session survey, which I have shared in a link, in a chat for your convenience. So this concludes this session. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your day. And stay safe out there It sounds like it's going to be a snowy one tonight.