Webinars: Agenda January 24 & January 31, 2018

Apprenticeships: Do they make sense for my organization

Ready to take your hiring game to the next level? Intrigued by apprenticeships but not sure if the effort is worth it? Join the Ready to work Business Collaborative and Hope Street Group for a webinar that examines real-life implementations of the apprenticeship model and the on-the-ground challenges, lessons, and benefits they delivered. You’ll walk away with a clear understanding of the positive impact apprenticeships have on students and the community and the direct benefits organizations derive. Following the discussion, you will be guided through a workshop designed to help employers navigate the apprenticeship design and implementation process. The workshop also provides attendees with comprehensive resources for ongoing help and support in the apprenticeship building process. This webinar is designed for both employers and educators.


Beverly M. Riddick, Ready To Work Business Collaborative, Executive Director

DAY ONE 1/24 2pm EST – 3pm EST

SHRM LogoAn examination of registered apprenticeships and how they fill the talent pipeline. Discussion will address how the panelists implemented their programs.


Michele Chang, Vice President of Programs and Services, Hope Street Group


Amy Jarnagin, Program Manager – Apprenticeship USA – Wells Fargo

Melinda Nichols, Grant Specialist, South Seattle College

Eric Easton, Sr., Program Coordinator – Apprenticeships, Central Piedmont Community College

Bob Romanelli – Apprenticeship Coordinator, Daetwyler Industries

DAY TWO 1/31 2pm EST – 3pm EST

SHRM LogoLearn exactly how to implement apprenticeships and fill your talent pool with trained, skilled workers at your business or organization.

If this sounds like you or like the questions you have…

  • I’ve thought about apprenticeships but don’t understand the process or have the time to create and implement
  • I’m not sure how can it help me as a small business
  • I want to learn more about the resources available for businesses developing apprenticeships
  • Are there organizations I can partner with to fill my apprentice pool?
  • Do I qualify for federal funding?

…Join us for this hand-on how-to and get all of your questions answered. You’ll walk away with the tools and resources to design and implement an apprenticeship that meets your businesses’ needs and fills your talent pool.

Working Agenda

– Introductions
– Overview of Apprenticeships
– How to Start an Apprenticeship Program
– Key Stakeholder Roles and Considerations:
– Employers
– Training Providers & Post-Secondary Institutions
– Workforce Agencies & Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
– Additional Resources



Speakers & Panelists

Beverly RiddickBeverly M. Riddick is a veteran nonprofit leader who serves as Executive Director of the Ready To Work Business Collaborative(RTWBC). The RTWBC is an employer-led coalition whose mission is to help employers achieve their goals by enabling them to see the business advantage in hiring ready to work talent who are frequently overlooked despite being upskilled or re-skilled to meet the needs of today’s evolving economy. Riddick’s extensive background in community revitalization includes serving as Executive Director of Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corp. (HOMECorp) where she developed and implemented affordable housing programs and wealth building initiatives targeted at low, moderate, and middle income families and working as a real estate lender/workout banking specialist.
Michele ChangMichele Chang is Vice President of Programs and Services at Hope Street Group, a national nonprofit organization focused on ensuring all Americans have access to economic opportunity. Previously, she served as Acting Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration where she oversaw the day-to-day operations, personnel, and decision-making processes at the Agency, which has more than 2,000 employees in all 50 states. Ms. Chang also previously worked at McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PepsiCo and Radius, a tech start-up based in San Francisco.
Amy JarnaginAmy Jarnagin is a Program Manager at Wells Fargo who participating in the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA initiative that includes a network of more than 150,000 employers in more than 1,000 occupations. The initiative is dedicated to developing a new generation of workers to help the U.S. succeed in the 21st-century economy. She is currently focused on veteran transition programming at ApprenticeshipUSA, with plans to expand to recruit all diverse segments in 2018. This program will be available for internal and external candidates.
Melinda NicholsMelinda Nichols has been involved in the apprenticeship community for over 45 years. She was the first female graduate of the carpenter apprenticeship program in Washington State. She was a management member of the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council for 23 years. She ran construction projects and programs for 15 years and taught and managed pre apprenticeship programs for 15 years. She is a current consultant for several apprenticeship grants.
Eric EastonEric Easton serves as the Senior Program Coordinator at Central Piedmont Community College. For over five years he has been the Apprenticeship2000 coordinator, and was instrumental in the starting of the Apprenticeship Charlotte dual educational program at CPCC. He works with industry partners to develop and maintain their apprenticeship programs, and is heavily involved with the student success of the apprenticeship students. Mr. Easton holds a Masters in Higher Education Leadership from Appalachian State University.
Bob RomanelliRaised in NY, Bob Romanelli is a Toolmaker/Machinist by trade for 45 years. After graduating from Boards of Cooperative Education Services, he began his career as a Tool and Die Maker & Prototype Machinist. Relocating to North Carolina in 1989, Bob continued his career as a Prototype Machinist/Designer for Datasouth Computer Corp., Daetwyler and Equipment & Supply. Bob was originally introduced to Apprenticeships while at Daetwyler. He returned to Daetwyler in 2012 and has been the Apprenticeship Coordinator and student mentor for Apprenticeship 2000 since then.

Video of Day One


Video of Day Two

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