Our Mission

 To drive the expansion of apprenticeship in the State of California, and throughout the country by partnering with industry, education, workforce development, and government; to support companies in developing a pipeline of talent through meaningful work experiences; to work with education to provide instruction that aligns with the needs of employers; to offer strategic support and guidance to the workforce development community to aid in the integration of apprenticeship into their workforce agenda; to create guided pathways to gainful employment for all citizens, which will lead to long-term economic growth and prosperity for our nation.

What is Apprenticeship?

 Apprenticeship is a training model that is used to enable companies to develop a pipeline of talent for critical positions within their organizations. An apprenticeship consist of two components: 1) On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Related Technical Instruction (RTI). The OJT is developed by the company and involves a set of skills the apprentice is expected to master based on work experience. The minimum OJT experience is one year and can extend to up to four years depending on the occupation. RTI is generally offered by a Community College or other Local Educational Agency and consist of course work relevant to the skills being gained from the OJT experience. 

Benefits of apprenticeship

  • Grow your own workforce (no more ads in Craigslist!)  
  • Access to workforce dollars 
  • Increased employee engagement  
  • Reduced Absenteeism  
  • Reduced turnover  
  • Increased Productivity