Apprenticeship Expansion and Modernization Fund
Appteon has been supporting the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship with innovative technology solutions for over five years and has been given the unique opportunity under the AEMF contract to provide technology solutions as well as program solutions. We will be creating modern, cloud-based applications to better serve the OA staff and the greater workforce system. We will also be expanding the number of Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) and Apprentices enrolled in Apprenticeships.
We will be expanding Registered Apprenticeships through the United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) and Appteon’s own in-house RAP.
Appteon will be working to support the United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), which is the largest RAP in the US, in three main areas. The first of these initiatives is to create new apprenticeable cyber trades that are equivalent to civilian occupations for those currently enrolled in the military. The second is to create modern technology solutions to integrate the data between OA’s Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) and the USMAP case management system. The third, and last, of these initiatives is to develop outreach and recruitment resources targeted towards active duty service members. These materials will be used by USMAP staff to engage and raise awareness of the USMAP within the active-duty service member community to help foster a life-long career pathway.
Appteon will also be expanding Apprenticeship by establishing a technology-based RAP for training apprentices in IT skill-sets to help fill the workforce skill-gaps in the IT industry. Not only will we be hiring our own apprentices, but we will also seek out other small IT firms in the Washington, DC area to participate as a partner in the program. IT continues to be a growing industry, even in light of the challenging economic times, and finding enough qualified skilled workers for this industry is a recognized challenge. Appteon will look to identify and engage underrepresented populations, such as women, veterans, and spouses of veterans, to participate in this program. Appteon will also engage with stakeholders in local workforce systems and Department of Labor Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS) Office to identify candidates. Appteon will bring in up to 20 of our own apprentices through our RAP.
Outside of expanding Registered Apprenticeships, Appteon will also modernize apprenticeships through a few technical solutions; Data Integration with the USMAP apprenticeship system, a Certificate of Completion Registry tool, and an Apprenticeability tool to streamline the process whereby new apprenticeable occupation are created.
Firstly, Appteon will work with USMAP to seamlessly integrate apprentice-level records from their case management system to DOL’s RAPIDS case management system to provide better visibility, more accurate data analysis, and relevant insights that will better the workforce system overall.
Appteon Completion Certificate Registry will allow sponsors, employers, and apprentices to independently verify apprentices’ completion credentials by using a self-service tool available via a public-facing search interface. This registry will play a valued role in apprentice being able to validate and promote their credentials which is important to the progression of their careers.
Another technology solution that Appteon will be delivering under the AEMF contract is creating an Apprenticeability Tool, which will be based on Business Process Model Technology (BPMS). Appteon will streamline and modernize this process by building an online platform that will rely on an electronic-based workflow versus a paper-based workflow. Greater visibility to the average stakeholder will be available through an integration with Apprenticeship.gov, where users will be able to see which occupations are currently available, which are in the pipeline, and which occupations are being updated. Industry reviewers will be invited to comment on and suggest edits to occupations under consideration, which will be vital to industries where new occupations are being created and standards are continually changing.