Division of Apprenticeship Standards
Annual Report - 1995
DIVISION OF APPRENTICESHIP STANDARDS
The Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), within the Department
of Industrial Relations, is responsible for administering the
apprenticeship law, Shelley-Maloney Apprentice Labor Standards
Act of 1939, and the CAC's regulations.
DAS fosters, promotes and develops the welfare of the apprentice
and industry, improve the working conditions of apprentices, and
advance their opportunities for profitable employment. The DAS
accomplishes these activities by providing consultative services
to apprenticeship program sponsors, employers, employee organizations,
and education providers. It also has the oversight responsibility
for proper program management and ensuring that high training
standards are maintained for apprentices--including their
wages, hours and working conditions, skills to be learned and
length of training, and required supplemental classroom instruction,
as well as the auditing of selection and disciplinary proceedings
of apprentices or prospective apprentices.
Other DAS responsibilities are:
- Monitors and enforces compliance with California public works
laws requiring the employment of apprentices on public works projects.
During 1995, the DAS, on behalf of the CAC, received $907,993.23
in training fund contributions from contractors on public works
jobs. These funds were deposited in the state's General
Fund. DAS received 306 public works apprentice enforcement complaints
in 1995, and closed 555 pending cases.
- Under a federal contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs approves employer training programs for veterans purposes
and monitor compliance with the terms of the training standards,
enabling veterans to receive their educational benefits.
- The DAS Chief administers the apprenticeship law in California,
serves as secretary to the CAC, and is responsible for approval
or disapproval of apprenticeship programs. During 1995, received
110 new apprenticeship program applications. All were approved,
however seven program approvals were appealed to the CAC.
- Under CAC authority, issues certificates of completion to
registered apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship
training upon recommendation by an apprentice's program
- Administration of the equal opportunity regulations set forth
by the CAC in the State of California Plan for Equal Opportunity
in Apprenticeship. This plan states policies and procedures for
promoting equality of opportunity in apprenticeship programs that
are registered with DAS. The policies and procedures apply to
recruitment and selection of apprentices, and to all conditions
of employment and training during their apprenticeship. The purpose
of the plan is to prohibit discrimination based on race, gender,
religion or national origin in apprenticeship programs, by requiring
affirmative action to provide equal opportunity.
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