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Apprentice Success Stories

  • Willaim Castro
  • An Apprenticeship can not only give you a lifelong career, it can change your life.
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  • David Gonzalez
  • For young workers, it’s a literal Gold Rush opportunity.
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  • Frankie Roy
  • Apprenticeship provided the tools, she provided the sweat & perseverance
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Information for educators

Apprenticeship Fills the Gap

  • 6.5 million new California job openings will be generated by 2014
  • Only 22 percent of California’s jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Labor market experts predict that 75 percent of new jobs will require a high level of technical literacy—and that’s what apprenticeship offers

Apprenticeship is not just a job—it’s a career opportunity

What is apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeship is a system of learning while earning, and “learning by doing.”
  • It combines training on the job with related and supplemental instruction at school. 
  • The apprenticeship training system is unique in that its basic foundation is a partnership between industry, education and government.
  • Classes may count toward a college degree.

What kinds of opportunities are there for apprentices?

  • There are more than 850 apprenticeable occupations in the United States, and over 200 apprenticeable occupations active in California.
  • California’s infrastructure need rebuilding. Thousands of jobs in the construction crafts will be available as a result.

What can schools do?

  • Increase awareness of the skilled trades in K-12 education.
  • Encourage school counselors to guide students that are likely candidates to explore the career possibilities that skilled and technical trades and crafts offer.
  • Bring pre-apprenticeship programs and career technical education programs into the schools.
  • Ask an apprenticeship consultant to speak with school counselors and staff in the classroom and at job fairs.

Why should K-12 Schools care about apprenticeship?

  • Thirty percent of freshmen entering high school in California drop out—
    only 70 percent graduate.
  • Of the total freshmen, 43 percent enter community colleges or state colleges and universities. Only sixteen percent receive a BA or BS degree within six years.
  • The average beginning apprentice is 27 years old and has attempted five careers.
  • Industry employment projections, California Employment Development Department, www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov
  • California Performance Review Report—ETV25 Balance Career Technical Education and College Preparation in High Schools, cpr.ca.gov
  • 1999-2003 high school enrollment and graduation data provided by the California Department of Education
  • Enrollment data for first-time freshmen in Fall 2003 provided by the University of California and California State University systems

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