Webinar | The Role of Apprenticeship Intermediaries

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JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning: The Role of Apprenticeship Intermediaries Webinar  

Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:00pm ET  

This webinar will explore and highlight the growing role of apprenticeship intermediaries. Learn from national experts who have operated successful intermediaries that have helped grow apprenticeship across the nation. 

Apprenticeship intermediaries in the US have mostly been local or regional labor-management partnerships that organized employers, workers, and training resources into an efficient system to create high quality registered apprenticeship programs to meet employer needs.  More recently, however, there has been an emergence of other types of organizations that can serve in the intermediary role to make the program development and registration process easier and more efficient for employers.  Intermediaries typically aggregate employer demand, provide technical assistance to employers, assist with organizing training, develop occupational standards, and assist with the registration of programs with states or US Department of Labor. 

Recently there has been an emergence of other types of organizations that can serve as an intermediary to make the apprenticeship program development and registration process easier and more efficient for employers. Apprenticeship intermediaries now include a range of new players including community colleges, workforce boards, private firms, community-based organizations, and industry associations, among others.

Panelists:

  • Introduction: Daniel Villao, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, US Department of Labor
  • Moderator: Eric Seleznow, Senior Advisor, JFF 
  • Jeffery Forrest, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development, College of the Canyons 
  • Dr. Gerald P. Ghazi, J.D. Founder of the Institute for American Apprenticeships at Vermont HITEC 
  • Shelly Weir, Senior Vice-President, Career Development, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation


Panelist Bios

Jeffery Forrest, VP, Economic and Workforce Development, College of the Canyons
Jeffrey Forrest, VP, Economic and Workforce Development, College of the Canyons
Jeffrey Forrest is Vice-President of Economic and Workforce Development at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California.  In his role, Jeffrey oversees the Economic Development Division of the College which offers the following services to meet the workforce development needs of adult learners and vulnerable populations:

1.    Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG): Jeffrey is Co-founder of the Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG), a collaboration between College of the Canyons and Goodwill Southern California that seeks to drive the expansion of apprenticeship throughout the state. Since its launch in August 2017, SWAG has 17 companies and 70 apprentices in its program.

2.    Center of Applied Competitive Technology (CACT):The CACT works with economic development partners to recruit, train and place adult learners as CNC Machinists with manufacturers.  The program has a placement and retention rate of over 90%, and trains over 60 people per year. 

3.    Fast Track Institute (FTI):FTI provides skills training in an accelerated format for adult learners seeking employment. Hundreds of adults have taken advantage of the courses offered through the FTI over the past few years.

4.    Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC): The SBDC provides no-cost counseling, workshops and assessment to small business and those seeking to become entrepreneurs.  It has helped companies attract over $25 million dollars in capital since 2005.

5.    Employee Training Institute (ETI):Funded in part through a state subsidy, the ETI provides customized, quality training for incumbent workers.  Courses include: Six Sigma, Leadership, Sales and Marketing, Team Building, and a range of other topics to help companies develop their workforce.

Jeffrey believes that providing access to education for every citizen regardless of background is critical to the long-term growth of the United States economy. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an MBA from Lindenwood University.  He also has graduate training in finance from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.   

Dr. Gerald P. Ghazi, J.D. Founder of the Institute for American Apprenticeships at Vermont HITEC
Dr. Gerald P. Ghazi, J.D. Founder of the Institute for American Apprenticeships at Vermont HITEC

Gerry Ghazi is founder of the Institute for American Apprenticeships at Vermont HITEC and has been its Board Chair and President since its creation in 2000. Mr. Ghazi is also Special Academic Assistant to the President of Columbia College of South Carolina with a focus on Corporate Campuses. Mr. Ghazi is also a state/federal apprenticeship subject-matter expert on various US DOL OA contracts. Mr. Ghazi has extensive business knowledge and experience in the areas registered apprenticeships, federal and state funding, corporate and academic universities/colleges, corporate education, instructional design, curriculum development, entrepreneurial leadership, corporate management and process redesign, business strategies, corporate and employment law, sales, information technology, and software engineering. Prior to Vermont HITEC, he was the Director of the Institute of Technology at IDX Systems Corporation (now GE Healthcare), where he developed and implemented an award winning academically approved corporate education program that received international recognition in the Financial Times. Mr. Ghazi obtained his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, his B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers State University, and his A.A.S. in Computer Science from County College of Morris. 

Eric M. Seleznow Senior Advisor, JFF
Eric M. Seleznow, Senior Advisor, JFF

Eric M. Seleznow is a senior advisor and directs JFF's Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning. He works to further the organization’s goals of advancing innovative workforce policy and programs. Mr. Seleznow is contributing to the organization’s work on apprenticeship, reentry, and sector strategies.

Prior to JFF, Mr. Seleznow served as deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s, Employment and Training Administration, under Secretary Tom Perez. During his tenure at USDOL/ETA, he focused on implementing the Obama administration’s vision for workforce development, skills training, and registered apprenticeship.

Mr. Seleznow has over 30 years of experience managing a range of workforce development and correctional reentry programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to his position at DOL, he served as the state policy director with the National Skills Coalition, executive director of the Maryland Governor's Workforce Investment Board, and as the local workforce board director for the Montgomery County (MD.) Department of Economic Development. His experience also includes nearly 20 years in the corrections system operating jail-based training, employment, and pre-release programs—re-entry efforts for which he is still regarded as a national expert.

Daniel Villao, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, US Department of Labor
Daniel Villao, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, US Department of Labor

Mr. Villao is the Deputy Administrator for the United States Office of Apprenticeship. He oversees the policy and expansion efforts of the National Apprenticeship system and is tasked with leading these efforts across the US and its Territories.  Mr. Villao is leading the teams charged with the expansion of ApprenticeshipUSA into new sectors working with major employers across the country to help equip their workforce development practices, adapt the national system to meet evolving industry needs, and generate access to family transforming careers. Under his leadership the office of Apprenticeship is modernizing its approach to workforce development, updating how technology supports the American worker’s access to quality careers and creating inroads for businesses of all sizes to add a competitive edge by having access to the highly trained technically capable workers they need. 

Shelly Weir, Senior VP, Career Development, American Hotel and Lodging Association
Shelly Weir, Senior VP, Career Development, American Hotel and Lodging Association

Shelly Weir oversees the strategic vision of career development in order to strengthen the lodging industry workforce. Leads efforts to engage with community, non-profit, and governmental organizations where strategies to upskill American workers in the lodging industry align. Staff liaison between AHLA and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.