Updated December 2016
This joint initiative between an employer and a California community college, or the California Department of Education’s Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROPC) and Adult Schools, provides apprenticeship training for individuals age 16 or older. Apprentices receive on-the-job training from their employer, along with employer-selected Related and Supplemental Instruction (RSI) during the evening or weekend. Many programs allow an apprentice to earn a certificate or Associate degree.
Resources: Legislation (Labor Code Section 3070-3098, Education Code Section 79140-79149.6)
RSI Apprenticeships could benefit from incorporating intentional participant supports—individualized and differentiated to provide access and promote success for people with varying academic abilities and work experiences, and prior or unfinished credentials. Supports could be integrated through partnership with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I programs for career services, and CalWORKs or other human service programs for case management or related support services.
Partnering with adult education pre-apprenticeship programs operating under WIOA Title II and/or the Adult Education Program (AEP) could help adults gain basic skills needed to enter and succeed in these apprenticeships.