Apprenticeships for Makers

Apprenticeship Pathways - Studies by groups such as Deloitte and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have predicted a shortfall of between 2 and 3 Million skilled jobs across the US alone by 2020. These are jobs for welders, industrial maintenance technicians, electricians, woodworkers, designers, fabricators, and so on. All of these skills can be learned at Makerspaces, and in many cases already are, but not in a way that is generally recognized by larger companies or government organizations. We are working with the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards, the Advanced Manufacturing & Transportation Apprenticeships of California, and the California Community College Maker Initiative to set up a recognized apprenticeship program that any makerspace can take part in, receive government funding for, and thereby become a pipeline for Makers to get into jobs with the skills they've learned.

This is still in the early stages, but our hope is to pilot this program in several makerspaces around California next year, and then scale out to other states, or maybe even nationwide, by 2020.

Post #1 - Google, Monsters, Access Control, and more!

Lots of big news for our first official news post.

We are thrilled to announce a new sponsorship from Google!  This comes right as we are getting our second makerspace up and running on MakerNet, so this sponsorship will help us expand our team and meet our ambitious goals for this year.

We've also formed a partnership with Ace Monster Toys, an amazing makerspace in Oakland. We're collaborating on an open source access control system, Fob All The Things (FATT), helping to make it scalable and replicable across any number of makerspaces within our network. This is building off the open source access control system, AuthBox, from Google's internal maker community.

We just returned from NomCon, where we had an amazing time meeting many of our heroes of the maker world. More on that in future posts!