Wisconsin's 26th Biennial Apprenticeship Conference

 
CALL FOR CONFERENCE WORKSHOP PROPOSALS!
The Department of Workforce Development/Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards and the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council are sponsoring the 26th Biennial Apprenticeship Conference at the Chula Vista Resort in WI Dells on Monday and Tuesday, January 27 and 28, 2014. We are soliciting workshop proposals, which may be submitted online or emailed to karen.morgan@dwd.wisconsin.gov.
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WORKSHOP TIMESLOTS
The conference agenda provides for a combination of general sessions and workshops. Workshops are scheduled for one hour slots. However, if your topic requires a longer slot, we can accommodate back-to-back time slots for a two hour workshop. Monday workshop timeslots are 10:30 am, 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm. The Tuesday workshop timeslots are 7:30 am and 8:45 am.

AUDIENCE
Attendance at the 26th Biennial Apprenticeship Conference is expected to include 1) Apprenticeship Community including employers, members of employer associations, labor and employees; 2) Education Community including K-12 teachers, principals, counselors, board members and Wisconsin Technical College System employees; and 3) Workforce Development community which includes Workforce Development Boards, Community Based Organizations, WIA Service Providers, Job Service employees, and Economic Support.

GENERALLY DESIRED TOPIC AREAS
The workshop topics should support the conference theme, "The Apprenticeship Solution: Meeting the Workforce Challenge" by focusing on challenges and/or solutions relating to apprenticeship. We envision four broad workshop tracks for the conference, but welcome new ideas from the proposals.
CHALLENGE OF A CHANGING WORKFORCE - Potential topics:
--Population, worker and/or skill shortages
--Generational differences
--Impact of technology - on the job, in training, as a training medium

CHALLENGE OF PARTNERSHIP IN THE WORKFORCE SYSTEM - Potential topics:
--Introductory "101" workshops to help audience understand more about a program, such as Apprenticeship, WIA, Youth Apprenticeship, DPI, WTCS
--Collaborate for Success (continuation of WIA/Apprenticeship workgroups)
--Successful partnership/collaboration models
CHALLENGE OF PROGRAM OPERATIONS & REGULATION - Potential topics:
--Apprenticeship and related regulations
--Child labor laws
--UI Benefits (apprentice or sponsor perspective)
--Licensing (Barber, Cosmetology, Plumbing, Electrician, etc.)
--Running an effective program

CHALLENGE OF OUTREACH AND AWARENESS - Potential topics:
--Apprenticeship and the K-12 system
--Apprenticeship preparatory programs - what's new, what's working
--Expansion of apprenticeship to new sponsors
--Recruitment techniques or models

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE
June 3, 2013 Workshop submissions due
June 5-June 21, 2013 Workshop committee will review submissions
June 24-July 5, 2013 Notifications will be mailed

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1. Information about the Primary Presenter
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2. Short bio for Primary Presenter (150-250 words, written in third person)
3. Information about a Co-Presenter (Optional)
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4. Short bio for Co-Presenter (150-250 words, written in third person)
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5. Proposed Workshop Title
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6. Proposed Workshop Description
Your workshop description should be brief, between 50 and 200 words, and should clearly portray how it connects to the 26th Biennial Apprenticeship Conference.
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7. Recommended Workshop Track

Online submission will close on June 3, 2013 at 5 p.m. CST. Notification of acceptance will be sent to each submitter no later than July 5, 2013.

Questions should be directed to Karen Morgan at 608-266-3133 or karen.morgan@dwd.wisconsin.gov
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