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Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

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The skills shortage and need for alternative pathways to sustainable employment is giving rise to apprenticeship programs in North America. The Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs provides education on effective trust fund management and best practices in the United States and Canadian apprenticeship programs. This conference covers topics from recruitment and retention to adult learning and fiduciary responsibility. Receive clarity on the complex issues surrounding an effective apprenticeship program.


  • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work
  • Fiduciary Responsibility-U.S. and Canada
  • U.S. Legal and Legislative Update
  • Hot Topics in Canadian Apprenticeship Programs
  • Spotlight on the Role of JATC Members/Trustees
  • Spotlight on the Role of Directors/Coordinators
  • Rethinking Recruitment and Retention
  • Risk Management for Apprenticeship Programs
  • Supporting a More Diverse Workforce
  • ​Working with Veterans and Ex-Offenders
  • Promoting the Trades
  • The Importance of Building Essential Skills
  • Running your Training Fund as a Business
  • HR Issues in Apprenticeship Programs (U.S.)
  • Jobsite Training and Field Mentoring
  • Addressing Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Apprenticeship Programs
  • Workforce Development Solutions (U.S.)
  • Supporting Apprenticeship With Learning Disabilities
  • U.S. and Canadian Open Forum

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn best practices in the management of your fund and running your training program.
  • Understand legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Identify ideas and opportunities by networking with peers who face similar challenges.
  • Receive valuable written resource materials.

Who should attend

The Institute is designed specifically to the needs and interests of stakeholders involved in training and education funds in both the United States and Canada: trustees, training trust fund members, union/employer association representatives, administrative staff, training directors, coordinators, instructors, plan professionals, Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) members, public employees and others who provide services to training and education funds.


Mr. Jeffrey C. Baldwin, also known as Jeff, CPA, CA, GBA, BBA (hons.) has been the President at Benefit Plan Administrators Limited (BPA) since 2011 and serves as its Privacy Officer. Mr. Baldwin oversees all BPA operational departments (administration, pension, claims) as well as finance and inf...
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Dr. Gaal is a consultant in St. Louis, Missouri and recently retired as the director of training and workforce development for the St. Louis–Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council. As a labor representative, he currently serves on the St. Louis Airport Commission, St. Louis County Workforce Deve...
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