Workforce Brief

The Apprenticeship Mission

Apprenticeship programs provide Californians the opportunity to earn while they are trained for a wide variety of occupations, particularly in the skilled trades.


Report Author: The California EDGE Coalition
Date: August 2011

This installment of the Workforce Brief Series titled “Apprenticeships” describes the funding and structure for California’s Apprenticeship Programs run by the California Community Colleges and adult education programs. To learn more, download the full text of the article here.


Funding for on-the-job training and some RSI is provided by “program sponsors”. The state budget also annually appropriates funding for Related and Supplemental Instruction (RSI), in the amounts of $7.1 million for the community colleges and $15.8 million for the Department of Education in 2011-12. Funds are distributed to adult schools, regional occupational centers and programs (ROCPs), and community colleges (CCCs) through an apportionment system based on the actual number of hours in RSI coursework provided by an institution. Institutions are capped in the number of hours of instruction they can claim for reimbursement.

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By the Numbers

State funding allocations for California's Apprenticeship programs delivered to Community Colleges and the Department of Education from the General Fund in 2011-2012.

Community Colleges

Department of Education

33% (5 million)

California Workers Earning less than $13.63 per hour

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The Division of Apprenticeship Standards is required to conduct random audits of apprenticeship programs every five years to ensure that the program is complying with standards, all on-the-job training is performed by journeymen, all required RSI is provided, all work processes required by the standards have been covered, and graduates have completed all program requirements. An annual report to the Legislature is also required.

Population Served

California leads the nation with 60,060 registered apprentices in over 586 programs in over 800 apprenticeable occupations. Women
represent 6.6 percent, and minorities represent 67.3 percent of all registered apprenticeship programs.

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