Entries by Kerri Phillips

Survey Results Demonstrate Apprenticeship Has a Role in Developing Wisconsin Municipality Workforce

Results from a statewide survey identify gaps in recruitment, retention, skills, and training for a critical segment of the workforce in Wisconsin municipalities. The Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) has published its report on the 2017 Wisconsin Highway Maintenance Workforce Survey. As part of its Highway Maintenance Engineering Career Pathways Initiative, MTWC conducted the survey to capture information about the demand for entry-level workers, hiring issues, training practices, and stakeholder outlook in this field. After analyzing the responses, MTWC researchers conclude there is a clear opportunity to put registered apprenticeship to work creating career pathways for this critical sector.

First Public Works Registered Apprenticeship in the Country Continues to Deliver ROI

A major flood event helped demonstrate the value of having a public works team that was cross-trained and certified. In 2009, the city grew a cross-training program into a Registered Apprenticeship, creating the first journeyman program in the nation for field services professionals in public works. It includes street, water line, and wastewater line maintenance.

Wisconsin Road Maintenance Experts Invited to Join Symposium on the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence

How could counties equip their vehicles with sensors to detect road temperature and conditions? How could that information be combined with information about forecasted conditions for better decision making for snow plowing and maintenance? These are the types of questions that will be addressed during, “The Digital County,” a symposium exploring disruptive digital technologies like […]

Moving Toward the Regenerative Highway Corridor — Technologies and Implications for Workforce

Game-changing technologies in Transportation are on the way and a stretch of highway in Georgia is proving it with real-world pilot projects. The Ray is a proving ground for regenerative technologies along an 18-mile stretch of I-85, south of Atlanta. According to The Ray’s website, the goal for the highway is to become “net zero,” […]

Future Construction Workers Engaged and Prequalified through Games

A suite of games, videos, and assessment tools is helping build awareness and close the skills gap for the growing number of quality careers in highway construction. In partnership with Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP), Ladders of Opportunity, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Simcoach Games has developed the Future Road Builders game. This game addresses a concerning talent gap seen by employers by allowing people to explore the field and develop skills.

More Apprenticeship Programs are Being Offered through Programs Sponsored by Community and Technical Colleges

With benefits like an 88% retention rate for apprentices, a built-in source of high-performing students, and an increasing interest among businesses, more and more community and technical colleges are seeing the value in sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs through the US Department of Labor. By being a program sponsor, the college takes on the responsibility of classroom education as well as all the paperwork, ultimately making it easy for employers to hire apprentices.