Division of Apprenticeship Standards
Annual Report - 1995
APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING IN CALIFORNIA
Earning while learning is the apprenticeship system of training.
Apprenticeship is a successful structured training method, one
that, for millenniums, has been the method of choice of industries
that demand high skilled, competent and flexible workers. Apprenticeship
is a structured employment based training system, that is industry
funded and provides the best balance of "learning by doing"
and theoretical instruction to produce workers who have just the
right skills for each industry. The apprenticeship training system
is unique in that its basic foundation consists of a partnership
between industry, education and government.
California's multitude of industries/employers voluntarily
sponsoring or participating in an apprenticeship program have
found that this system of training is efficient and cost effective
- Eliminates the need for expensive recruitment programs for
people who are already trained.
- Creates a diversified and flexible work force and a larger
pool of employees with specific, needed skills.
- Reduces the cost of high labor turnover; employees show high
morale and loyalty when in a training program that offers upward
mobility through career development.
- Increases productivity; employees in a structured training
program are motivated to achieve.
- Training system is flexible so future work force needed skills
are readily attainable.
- Uses available public school facilities for required related
theoretical classroom instruction.
The Building and Construction Industry has traditionally utilized
the apprenticeship system of training, i.e plumber, carpenter,
electrician, in meeting its needed skilled work force. However,
over the years many other California industries/employers whom
have voluntarily implemented apprenticeship training programs,
from manufacturing to health care, discovered the value of utilizing
this system, and have incorporated apprenticeship into their workforce
development strategy. Today individuals are being trained through
apprenticeship in occupations, such as, culinarian, correctional
officer, vocational nurse, nurse, firefighter, machinist, hazardous
waste technician, hydroelectric machinery mechanic, automobile
mechanic, geriatric specialist, and precision metal fabricator.
The Governor on April 28, 1995 approved the School to Career Plan
developed by the School-to-Career Task Force included apprenticeship
as a possible viable option to be considered as a part of California's
school-to-career system. The CAC/DAS has been working on developing
a strategy and a system that would make apprenticeship opportunities
available to students while in high school.
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