JULY 2019

Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs – a Primer

You may have heard about Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP), but may not be familiar with the latest guidance on this federal initiative. This short IRAP primer describes the program and its intent, the proposed accrediting bodies, and how you can participate in shaping the initiative’s regulations by submitting comments to the federal government...


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Challenging Apprenticeship Questions and Answers

This month we are kicking off a new occasional column where we answer your tricky, challenging, hair-pulling apprenticeship questions. Don’t be shy, send your questions to Caleb_vanDocto@spra.com and we’ll find the answers...


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The Bookshelf: Building Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships

 Connecting Secondary Career and Technical Education and Registered Apprenticeship: A Profile of Six State Systems analyzes the links between career and technical education and registered apprenticeship programs in six states to identify key challenges to coordinating the programs and possible strategies to increase program alignment, drawing on findings from detailed case studies of each state...


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Tips from the Field

The Urban Technology Project Youth Apprenticeship Case Study describes an innovative program model that enrolled disadvantaged high school youth in an IT pre-apprenticeship program during their senior year, followed by a year-long apprenticeship as IT technicians within the Philadelphia school system  

Innovations in Apprenticeship:  5 Case Studies that Illustrate the Promise of Apprenticeships in the U.S. describes various apprenticeship programs in Vermont, South Carolina, Michigan, and Washington State. 


  1. Request for Applications – California Apprenticeship Initiative New and Innovative
  2. Funding Opportunity Announcement – U.S. Department of Labor: Closing the Skills Gap
  3. Webinar: Data Reporting Tips and Procedures for the CAI

  4. Save the Date! Bay Area Apprenticeship Learning Lab


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Missed the webinar from June? 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