May 2019

Data Trend Update: Pre-Apprenticeship Grantees are Diversifying the Apprenticeship Pipeline

Considering its size, it may be little surprise that California leads the nation in total number of working apprentices. As of the end of 2017, the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) reported more than 80,000 active in the state, and with the passage of Assembly Bill 235 in 2018, California is now formalizing pre-apprenticeship as a pathway into apprenticeship programs and ultimately high-demand, living wage careers. Governor Newsom’s vision of adding half a million new apprentices by 2029 is ambitious but attainable, according to recent research, but doing so will require making apprenticeship opportunities available in new and innovative industries, and to more individuals who are not typically represented...


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Competency-Based Apprenticeship Resources

A competency-based apprenticeship requires apprentices to demonstrate their mastery of specific skills, knowledge, and abilities to progress through their programs. It allows an employer to measure the competencies their apprentices gain, while allowing apprentices some flexibility in how they advance through the program. There are several resources available to further understand and develop these types of apprenticeships...


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The Bookshelf: Building Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships

Manufacturing Pathways in Milwaukee: Bringing Skills and Equity to Manufacturing’s Future...


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Tips from the Field

View this five-minute-long business engagement video to hear about innovative strategies and lessons learned from Idaho, Michigan, and Wisconsin.


Share this one-minute-long video with students and parents interested in the benefits of apprenticeship vs. college.


Save the Date Announcements

You asked and we listened… many of you have requested we open our CAI Apprenticeship Labs to non-grantees, now is your chance!

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Missed April’s webinar?  Listen to it here


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  • April 2019 - Expanding Career Pathways for People With Disabilities
  • March 2019 - Youth Apprenticeship - The Game Changer for California
  • February 2019 - Apprenticeship Innovation: Building a Regional Network to Serve Employers and Students
  • January 2019 - Highlights From the Care Navigator Registered Apprenticeship Program
  • December 2018 - Data Trend: Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Sectors
  • November 2018 - CAI at the California Community College Association for Occupational Education Fall Conference
  • October 2018 - A Meeting of the Minds on Apprenticeship: Highlights from CWA's Conference
  • September 2018 - Lessons from the Field: Step One - Form Your Apprenticeship Committee
  • August 2018 - Grantee Spotlight: Long Beach Community College Connects Pre-Apprenticeship Students to Existing Apprenticeship Programming
  • July 2018 - Grantee Spotlight: Lake Tahoe Community College
  • May-June 2018 - CAI at California Workforce Association's 2018 WORKCON
  • April 2018 - Grantee Spotlight: Oakland Unified School District
  • March 2018 - Grantee Spotlight: Columbia College’s Hospitality Apprenticeship Program
  • February 2018 - Grantee Spotlight: Washington USD’s Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program 
  • January 2018 - Apprenticeship Week 2017
  • November 2017 - Grantee Spotlight: Pre-Apprenticeship Increasing Diversity for CA Firefighters
  • October 2017 - Student-Apprentices Celebrate Their Community College Graduation
  • September 2017 - California Workforce Partners Dive into Apprenticeship in Monterey
  • August 2017 - How Apprenticeship is Helping State Government Grow Its Own Talent
  • July 2017 - Grantee Spotlight: Maintaining Manufacturing Might in the Central Valley
  • June 2017 - Grantees are Succeeding at Diversifying the Apprenticeship Participant Pipeline