California logs 50K construction apprentices
- California's Labor and Workforce Development Agency announced the highest level of participation in its apprenticeship program this year, which includes nearly 50,000 apprentices in the building trades.
- The state has invested $15 million per year for the last three years through the California Apprenticeship Initiative to create new apprenticeship programs in various industries. The initiative also funds pre-apprenticeship programs that prepare job seekers for registered apprenticeships. According to the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, state-supported apprenticeships make more jobs available for young people out of high school.
- Five million dollars per year for the next five years will go into expanding pre-apprenticeship training programs under the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which drives repairs to state roads, freeways, bridges and public transportation. The state said the act will support underrepresented populations, including at-risk youth, women, veterans and formerly incarcerated individuals.
California is not the only state starting or enhancing its apprentice programming. New Jersey allocated $10 million to create its Apprenticeship Network beginning in 2019. The state announced the program at the opening of a carpentry training center, with a focus on skilled construction workers.
Meanwhile, Home Depot and Lowe's have committed millions of dollars to training and apprenticeship programs. In February, Lowe’s announced its Track to the Trades initiative, a pre-apprenticeship program for its employees. Part-time and full-time employees are eligible for the program, which takes six to 10 months to complete. The company is giving participants up to $2,500 to gain certification in carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing or appliance repair.
Home Depot recently said it will commit $50 million to skilled trades training, and plans to train 20,000 new tradespeople by 2028. The Home Depot Foundation, in conjunction with the Home Builders Institute, launched a pilot program in 2017 specifically for military members. The 12-week program is free to students, and Home Depot said it already has seen a job placement rate of 90%.
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