Division of Apprenticeship Standards - Director's Award

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Director's Award for Excellence in Supporting Women in the Building Trades

Purpose:  The award is to give recognition to an apprenticeship program and an employer that show exemplary practices and success in recruiting, retaining and supporting women’s growth to leadership positions.  The award is a plaque signed by the director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

The award will be based on an application with determined criteria.  The apprenticeship programs will self-nominate.  The apprenticeship programs will nominate employers to receive the award or the employer can self-nominate.  The Equal Opportunity Committee of the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC) will determine the winner. 



There will be two awards; one will be for apprenticeship programs and the other for employers.  Please send completed application form to Renée Bacchini at rbacchini@dir.ca.gov.  If you have any questions you can email Renée or call 415.703.4916.

When: Awards shall take place every even numbered year.  The application for April of 2010 must be received by March 31, 2010.

Where: The award will be presented at the April 2010 quarterly CAC meeting.

Why:  Between 2000 and 2010, women apprentices in the construction trades have not surpassed three percent of the total apprentices.  A survey conducted by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Women in Apprenticeship found that women needed more support for recruitment and retention as well as being given more opportunities for leadership.  In an effort to motivate more programs and employers to find innovative strategies to increase their numbers of women, this award recognizes those programs that bring women into the construction trades and the employers that keep them there.

January 2010