SPR’s Evaluation of the California Apprenticeship Initiative

This blog post was written by Dr. Leela Hebbar of Social Policy Research Associates.

SPR’s California Apprenticeship Initiative team is very excited to see these four case studies released just in time for #Apprenticeship week.  These case studies tell the stories of:

  • How programs were built through employer partnerships with colleges, labor market intermediaries, and/or unions.
  • How work-based learning enhances 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.”
  • How systems matter. 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.
  • How systematizing matters. Together these apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships “structure and makes 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…”[1]

More specifically each case study has its own story to tell:

  • Behind the Wheel weaves together the stories of the employer, union, mentors, college, and apprentices and how they created and benefit from the four transportation apprenticeships created, with this case study featuring the coach operator apprenticeship.
  • Check In to Check Out describes how a college and two local hotels established a hospitality apprenticeship program, allowing apprentices to rotate through different roles in the hotel.
  • Empathetic Patient Care Coordination explains how a labor market intermediary brought together employer partners to create a care navigator apprenticeship program, which supports the care coordination needs of complex care patients.
  • Meeting Demand, Providing Opportunities tells the story of how a pre-apprenticeship program established a pathway to construction apprenticeships and helped expand the diversity of the building-trades workforce.

[1] A characterization from BEHIND THE WHEEL: A case study of Mission College and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Coach Operator Apprenticeship Programhttps://caihub.foundationccc.org/Portals/0/Documents/CAICaseStudies/cai-pre-apprenticeship-transportation.pdf