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Dave WallaceThe Department of Labor (DOL) has appointed David R. Wallace, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships (ACA) chaired by DOL Secretary Thomas Perez to create job-driven career pathways and work-based learning opportunities for American workers. Wallace will join 24 others representing employers, labor unions and workers to help advance the President’s goals of the American apprenticeship initiative.

The ACA will focus on creating public awareness of the benefits to employers and workers of registered apprenticeship programs, expanding programs into new industries and occupation, enhancing the quality of existing programs and improving matching workers with vacancies in apprenticeships.

Wallace, a third generation carpenter, has more than 40 years of experience in apprenticeship training programs. His advocacy on behalf of workers as the Director of Apprentice Standards includes building coalitions to expand the construction apprenticeship model into other trades and industries. Wallace points to his own career path, beginning as an apprentice in Carpenters Local 275, to journeyman, foreman, supervisor, union leader and public servant as strong proof that apprenticeships can and do lead to bigger opportunities.

 

 

 

 

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