2022 ApprenticeshipNC Annual Conference

2022 ApprenticeshipNC Annual Conference


  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 10:00 AM to Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 11:30 AM


Hotel Ballast, Wilmington, N.C. 


Registration Deadline: Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 

Conference Theme — Revive and Thrive: Creating an Inclusive Workforce Post Pandemic  

Workshop Descriptions:

The Global Economy; Sustaining a Registered Apprenticeship during a Pandemic: Small and large business owners around the globe have been affected by the ever-present pandemic. During this session, representatives from Canada, Swiss Embassy and the United Kingdom will discuss some of the challenges faced by employers and how they worked to overcome them by using registered apprenticeship to train and retain employees.

Registered Apprenticeship; Another State’s View During the Pandemic: Expanding registered apprenticeship has been a challenge for everyone. Directors of Apprenticeship from South Carolina and Alabama will help session attendees understand how they adjusted to and overcame pandemic related challenges for the apprenticeship program and employers. Employers and apprentices from these states will also provide their hands-on experiences to help listeners avoid pitfalls.

Integrating Today’s High School Talent into the Workforce of Tomorrow: Registered Apprenticeship Program training has been and continues to be a “Win-Win” for employers and apprentices alike. This session will explore the marketing and recruitment of high school youth as a talent pipeline to help overcome some of the ills of the pandemic. Discussion will show how the youth apprenticeship model can help build and sustain a skilled workforce.

Building and Growing Apprenticeship with Diversity and Equity in Mind: What does diversity and equity mean and look like for an employer with a registered apprenticeship and their potential apprentices. The challenges of the pandemic have brought many issues to the forefront for employers. This session will explore how apprenticeships are about more than just training, but should include the presence of differences, promote justness and impartiality.

Serving the State through Community College Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Community Colleges across the state have taken on the role as Apprenticeship Program Sponsors, helping employers to navigate and fulfill employer needs during a pandemic. These Colleges have taken on the challenge of developing programs, counseling employers, registering apprentices while dealing with the pains of pandemic related issues for the schools. Listen as they offer insight on how the College and their participating employers continue to survive and thrive.

Revitalizing and Recovery; Sustaining the Workforce during the Pandemic: Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsors and their apprentices’ lives have been touched in some way by the pandemic. Employers have met the challenge by building successful apprenticeship training programs for their incumbent workers and new employees. Apprenticeship sponsor will address the power of training great mentors and other tools used to recover and sustain the workforce. They will also examine how they incentivize their program for long term success.

Opening Speaker: Carolyn Lee Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

Carolyn Lee is the executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association.

In her role, Ms. Lee leads the Institute in its goal of supporting the manufacturing workforce of today and growing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow. The Institute does so through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower—with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and lifelong learning.

Ms. Lee was raised in a manufacturing family. She saw from a young age the transformative impact manufacturing can have on communities, families and the men and women who build the world around us. Now it’s what drives her every day as she works to bring manufacturing’s powerful potential to more Americans. 

Prior to her role leading the Institute, Ms. Lee served in a policy role at the NAM and worked in leadership positions with the Telecommunications Industry Association and 3M and in the offices of former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and former Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).

Ms. Lee lives with her husband and three children.