The Bookshelf: Building Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships

Read four case studies highlighting CAI grantees to learn about how:


  •  Programs were built through employer partnerships with colleges, labor market intermediaries, and/or unions.
  •  Work-based learning enhances classroom learning. As one apprentice said, “the classroom setting definitely helped [me] prepare for the job. Alongside that, having first-hand experience on the site plays a crucial role to put into practice all of which we have learned.”
  •  Supports are used to start programs. California provided seed grants to colleges and school districts via the Community College Chancellor’s Office to establish registered apprenticeships in non-construction occupations and pre-apprenticeships to diversify the recruitment pipeline. The Division of Apprenticeship standards supports grantees in creating standards for their programs that lead to portable credentials after apprentices successfully complete the program.
  •  Systematizing matters. Together these apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships structure and make transparent what had been disparate processes for recruiting, training, and internal promotion and advancement, so that job seekers and employees can more easily understand how to build satisfying careers.

Here are the links to each brief:


  1. BEHIND THE WHEEL: A case study of Mission College and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Coach Operator Apprenticeship Program
  2. Check In to Check Out: A case study of Columbia College’s Hospitality Management Apprenticeship Program
  3. Empathetic Patient Care Coordination: A Case Study of the Navigator Apprenticeship Program
  4. Meeting Demand, Providing Opportunities: A Pre-Apprenticeship Case Study