California Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is a training program that combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a skilled worker in a craft, trade, or profession. California's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the state Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), part of the Department of Industrial Relations. The DAS appoints an Apprenticeship Council composed of representatives from employer organizations, employee organizations, and the general public (CA Lab. Code Sec. 3070).
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The Apprenticeship Council establishes and enforces standards for apprenticeship programs, wages, maximum hours, working conditions, equal opportunities, and selection. The Council may designate local joint apprenticeship committees, made up of an equal number of employer and employee representatives, and delegate responsibilities to them (CA Lab. Code Sec. 3070 et seq.).
A state appellate court upheld the Council's approval of a new cement masons apprenticeship program based on evidence that the existing program was graduating journeyworkers at an insufficient rate to meet demand on public works projects (S. California Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship Comm. v. California Apprenticeship Council, 153 Cal. Rptr. 3d 448 (2013)). Generally, an approved apprenticeship program for a particular trade in a particular area is given significant protection from competition by other apprenticeship programs. The Council may approve a new program only if the existing program has been found deficient, lacks capacity, or has neglected or refused to dispatch sufficient apprentices to public works contractors in the area. The evidence showed that despite the need for more apprentices by public works ...

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