To help increase awareness and interest in these occupations, Public Works Academy offers the Cadet Training Program. This 14-week program gives people the chance to explore the breadth of career options available in public works. It combines classroom instruction with an externship experience for participants. Gorman likens the intensive program to basic training in the military. It provides an overview of all the different fields in public works.
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On August 22, employers from across the state came together to discuss how apprenticeship might address challenges in hiring, training, and retention in Public Works occupations across Wisconsin municipalities. The Midwest Transportation Research Center (MTWC) partnered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to host the full-day meeting. Twenty people came together in Madison, Wisconsin, along with half a dozen people who attended virtually via live webcast.
The US Department of Labor and the non-profit, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), have partnered to launch a pilot youth apprenticeship program in engineering. Kicking off this fall in Charleston, SC, the pilot offers two pathways to meet the needs of students with different career goals.
Flying drones and getting paid for it seems like a dream job for some. And, it is quickly becoming an in-demand skill for many occupations including several in the Transportation industry. They are especially valuable in situations where it would be dangerous or difficult for a person to access something. Bridge inspections and visualizing inside small spaces or very high places are common examples where drones are popular tools.
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.
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.
Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is teaming up with regional employers to prepare students for the world of work and position them for long-term success in careers in Southwest Ohio.
The deadline is May 25th for teachers to apply to this professional development program.
Educators from across the country will be introduced to the latest instructional materials, teaching techniques, and partnership opportunities to advance their career and technical education programs.
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 […]