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Please join Senator Jeff Bingaman, German Ambassador Peter Wittig and other experts on December 12 at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a discussion on how we can build a stronger skilled technical workforce.  This workshop will address two key issues identified in the recent National Academies report on Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce: the need to reduce barriers to worker mobility (such as licensing and certification requirements that are not related to public safety) and the need to draw in lessons from apprenticeships and other “work and learn” programs in Europe and the United States.  

Fostering Worker Mobility and Apprenticeships
for a Skilled Technical Workforce

 December 12, 2017 

The Lecture Room
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC


9:00 AM           Introduction
                         The Hon. Jeff Bingaman, Chair, NASEM Committee on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs 

9:15 AM           Panel I:  Advancing the Mobility of the Skilled Technical Workforce
                        Moderator:  Susan Sclafani, Pearson (retired)                       

   The Economics of Workforce Mobility    View Slides
   Harry Holzer, Georgetown University

Movement of Skills Across Borders   
   Caroline Vicini, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

   Easing State Barriers to Labor Market Entry   View Slides
   Martin Simon, National Governors Association

   Standardizing Credentials      View Slides
              Scott Cheney, Credential Engine 

10:30 AM        Coffee Break

10:45 AM        Panel II:  Lessons from European Workforce Programs
                        Moderator:  Mark Tomkins, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest  (View Slides)
                         Expanding "Work and Learn" Opportunities in the United States 
                         Emily DeRocco, E3 and LIFT

                        Learning from the Swiss about Apprenticeships  View Slides
                        Suzan G. LeVine, Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein   
                        A Practical View of Implementing German-style Apprenticeship Programs in the U.S.  View Slides
                        Arnd Herwig, Brose North America Inc.         

11:45 AM        Keynote: Opportunities and Challenges of the German Apprenticeship System
                        H.E. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States

12:05 PM        Concluding Remarks
                        The Hon. Jeff Bingaman, Chair, NASEM Committee on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs                        

12:15 PM         Adjourn