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July 2024

June 2024

Wiring Success

Registered apprenticeship provides hands-on experience, mentorship, and a clear pathway for Californians to enter and grow in high-paying careers. The Electrical Training Alliance of Silicon Valley (ETASV) is the largest electrical apprenticeship in Northern California with an average of 600 students and has a continuing partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)..... Read More

May 2024

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Over 50 percent of the U.S. workforce is made up of women, yet women represent less than 4 percent nationally of the construction trades. The construction industry is critical to our nation’s and state's economy. With a shortfall of building and construction trade talent, it’s never been a better time for women to enter these historically male-dominated construction occupations that can provide a pathway to high-paying careers and family-sustaining financial security. ..... Read More


Scaling and growing registered apprenticeship programs in California is an essential investment in the future workforce: Fostering social mobility and driving sustainable workforce development. California is unlocking the full potential of registered apprenticeship programs in new sectors such as healthcare, transportation, education, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and more by supporting the expansion and scaling of these programs with funding. ..... Read More

February 2024

January 2024


In a significant stride to uplift and empower at-risk youth, the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) unveiled the CA Opportunity Youth Apprenticeship Grant (COYA) during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2023. This initiative is dedicated to connecting opportunity youth, ages 16 -24, facing social-economic challenges with comprehensive pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities..... Read More

December 2023

AIF awardees

Yesterday, in a dynamic celebratory video announcement, the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) announced the awardees of the first $17 Million in Apprenticeship Innovation Funding (AIF). AIF is formula funding to help scale apprenticeships across many new sectors. This funding is accessible to IACA programs, which are programs associated with the Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (IACA) which oversees all apprenticeships outside of the building and fire trades. Read More

November 2023

October 2023

Help DAS find the next trailblazer

Chef Ann Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping schools take action so that every child has daily access to fresh, healthy school food. Founded by Chef Ann Cooper, a recognized trailblazer in the realm of school food reform, the foundation provides training and resources to enable schools to create healthier food choices. In California, the foundation has spearheaded a pioneering initiative by..... Read More

Help DAS find the next trailblazer

Industries are being reinvented by innovations such as the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), better known as drones. Drones can be used for much more than capturing cinematic panoramas. From search and rescue operations to agriculture, construction, mapping inaccessible terrains, and medical supply deliveries to remote areas, drones are transforming how businesses operat..... Read More

September 2023

Help DAS find the next trailblazer

In honor the 86th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act, the Department of Labor (DOL) has recently launched The Apprentice Trailblazer Initiative to create a diverse national network of apprentices and apprenticeship graduates to serve as spokespersons, subject matter experts, and role models..... Read More

August 2023

DAS Chief Dream Job

Exciting opportunity for someone to lead the efforts for creating California's workforce of tomorrow through apprenticeship! The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is looking for a talented Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. Please share with anyone who you think would be a great fit or consider joining our team yourself.

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On June 30, 2023, Kitchens for Good ended their fiscal year in the best way possible — with a beautiful apprentice celebration! 

The San Diego-based nonprofit organization had a record number of apprentices graduate from their programs. Eleven apprentices graduated after logging 2,820 hours of study and on-the-job training or by demonstrating an intensive set of core competencies.

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July 2023


This year marks a significant milestone for the State of California as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of ensuring that apprenticeship academic training is adequately funded. As a result of innovative policies and investments made decades ago, California is now a national leader in registered apprenticeships.... Read More

Anthony Bertuccelli and Brianna Harrison Thumb

Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) made history recently when it celebrated its first female graduate of the Bus Mechanic Apprenticeship Program, Brianna Harrison. She completed her training on April 1 and was celebrated along with Anthony Bertuccelli who finished his apprenticeship in August of 2021, but COVID-19 restrictions prevented gathering for formal recognition until recently... Read More

June 2023

Women in Apprenticeship Training Institute

Outreach, recruitment, retention, and leadership development for women in skilled trades have been the mission of Tradeswomen Inc. (TWI), since its start in 1979. On June 16, the mission was on full display when TWI held its annual Women in Apprenticeship Training Institute at the California State University East Bay facilities in Oakland. ... Read More

May 2023

March 2023

A Word From a Journeyperson Janay

Before I got in the union, I was doing in-home care in Beverly Hills for Tatum O’Neal. It wasn’t the best job, but I couldn’t complain. I went in everyday with a positive attitude ready to work ... Read More

December 2022

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July 2022


Carl Cimino was raised in construction. He spent many -days and evenings helping his father with remodel projects, and later working for him on housing tracts from Pleasanton to Half Moon Bay. ... Read More


When my ability to work as a nanny was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I was working a string of odd jobs, ranging from patient transport, to grocery store clerk, to serving at a local restaurant. ... Read More

April 2022

Brenda Childress, S4CA Executive Director

The Santa Clara County Construction Careers Association, known as S4CA, was founded in a quest for collaboration. S4CA is a partnership of construction industry organizations, educational institutions and community agencies that promote the construction industry and apprenticeship as a viable career alternative. ... Read More

Rising Sun Group Tour

On March 3, DAS Chief Eric Rood joined Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai, Deputy Labor Secretary Abby Snay, Department of Industrial Relations’ Director Katie S. Hagen and DIR Chief Deputy Deanna Ping on a tour of the Rising Sun Center for Opportunity’s Opportunity Build in ... Read More

March 2022

February 2022

Eric Rood

The last couple of years have been challenging for all of us, including in the apprenticeship community. Our apprenticeship programs and our apprentices have fought through the COVID-19 pandemic with perseverance and hard work. I’ve seen creativity and resilience in programs, as they pivot and continue to provide quality training ... Read More

Stephani Ruane

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Operation and Maintenance Apprenticeship Program began in 1971. When the program first began in the ’70s, DWR started with six hydroelectric plant operator apprentices in a one-room classroom in Bakersfield. Today, much of DWR’s workforce consists of apprentice graduates ... Read More

John and Mercedes Hong, directors of Fontana-based The Spot Apprentice Academy, dreamed of helping individuals turn their passion for barbering and cosmetology into reality. That reality came true with the help of the Los Angeles Unified School District and DAS ... Read More

ABC Norcal

Joseph Peterson, a fifth year ABC Northern California (ABC NorCal) apprentice, has been awarded the prestigious Southwire 2021 Top Gun Apprentice. The recipient of the award is selected by Southwire Company based on who received the highest scores throughout the apprenticeship program ... Read More

Jessica Flores welding

It took quite a while for the Ironworkers to welcome women into their ranks. The first known women Ironworker, Kelly Mann, was from Local 751 Alaska. She started working Iron in 1975. Fast forward to today. Ironworkers Local 229 has many female journey workers and apprentices, as do most of the other locals... Read More

My name is Joseph Aragon III, and I’m a United States Army veteran and third-year Commercial Electrical Apprentice with WECA Member Contractor Reyff Electric Company. Before becoming a commercial electrical apprentice, I served as a 63B-wheeled vehicle mechanic in Afghanistan and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord just outside of Tacoma, Washington ... Read More

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March 2024