August 2019

From Apprentice to Ambassador: Kitchens for Good Apprentice Spotlight

Faced with dead end job opportunities, where many employers did not take him seriously, Kyle Heilman said to himself, “I like to cook. Maybe for the first time in my life I should try doing something that I actually like to do.” He ran across information for Kitchens for Good’s culinary apprenticeship program and was drawn to their non-profit mission and their work making meals out of surplus food for community members in need. He took the initiative and contacted them. Two years later he has earned his apprenticeship certificate and has worked his way up to a Junior Sous Chef position. “To be in a leadership position at work with so many responsibilities makes me feel accomplished..."


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Three Cheers for the CAI 2019 Summer Lab

On July 22, the Zodiac shifted from Cancer to Leo, Comic-Con’s 50th became one for the record books, and the California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) community convened the 2019 Summer Apprenticeship Lab in sunny San Diego, California...


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The Bookshelf: Apprenticeship and Related Studies

This new Framework for a High-Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program identifies specific programmatic elements that will ensure both equity and quality in pre-apprenticeships, while also leaving flexibility for programs to be customized to specific populations or industries...


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Tips from the Field


Employer Engagement Toolkit: From Placement To Partners provides a step-by-step guide for training providers, workforce development organizations, community colleges, other educational institutions, and community based organizations to begin to deliberately integrate employer engagement into the core decision making of your program.


Apprenticeship: Training that Works identifies areas where coordinated investments of foundations could support high-leverage, actionable ideas that would grow apprenticeship and strengthen its impact on poor and marginalized populations. The report targets four aspects of the apprenticeship “eco-system:” Knowledge & Research, Marketing & Outreach, Advocacy & Policy, and Capacity Building for Practitioners.


Webinar: A Sneak Peek at the Evolving Pre-Apprenticeship Registration System


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Missed the live stream from the July CAI Lab? Listen to it here...


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June 2021 - Dear Apprenticeship Community of Practice

May 2021 - Dear Community of Practice

April 2021 - Dear Community of Practice

March 2021 - Dear Community of Practice

February 2021 - Dear Apprenticeship Community of Practice

January 2021 - Dear Apprenticeship Community of Practice

December 2020 - Dear Community of Practice

November 2020 - Dear Community of Practice

November 2019 - Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

October 2019 - Highlights from the Central Valley Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

September 2019 - Highlights from Columbia College’s Hospitality Management Apprenticeship Program

August 2019 - From Apprenticeship to Ambassador 

July 2019 -  Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

June 2019 - Spotlight: New Cross-Industry Heavy Equipment Repair Technician Apprenticeship

May 2019 - Data Trend Update: Pre-Apprenticeship Grantees are Diversifying the Apprenticeship Pipeline
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