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AB-23 Office of Small Business Advocate: Deputy of Business and Workforce Coordination.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(1) California’s labor market is increasingly reliant upon a better-trained workforce.
(2) California has a projected shortfall of one to one and one-half million workers with some postsecondary education, but not a bachelor’s degree.
(3) If California is unable to adequately address workforce needs, this state risks foregoing economic opportunities and reducing our market competitiveness, thus limiting or altering our state’s economic growth.
(4) Wages increase on average from 20 to 30 percent when comparing California workers who have had some postsecondary education to those with only a high school diploma.
(5) It is critical for California to not only address the widening gap between the trained labor supply and the demand for high-growth professions but to also incentivize further training in low-growth occupations to facilitate upward economic mobility for Californians working in those occupations.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to incentivize systems that better facilitate communication and partnerships between businesses, labor advocates, and educational institutions for the purpose of creating tailored workforce training programs that both increase worker participation and further the attainment of increased skills.

SEC. 2.

 Section 12098.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:

12098.1.
 The following definitions apply to this article, unless otherwise indicated:
(a) “Advocate” means the Small Business Advocate who is also the Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate.
(b) “Deputy” means the Deputy of Business and Workforce Coordination.
(b) (c)  “Director” means the Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate.
(c) (d)  “Office” means the Office of Small Business Advocate.

SEC. 3.

 Section 12098.8 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12098.8.
 The Deputy of Business and Workforce Coordination is hereby established in the office. The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development shall appoint the deputy.

SEC. 4.

 Section 12098.9 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12098.9.
 (a) The office shall collaborate and coordinate with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the State Department of Education, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, local workforce boards, the Employment Training Panel, and other public and private workforce development entities to determine the extent to which existing workforce development efforts and programs address the labor needs of small businesses across industry sectors and regions in the state. In addition to other areas of collaboration, the office shall engage industry and business on ways to better align career technical education courses, workforce training programs, and pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs with regional and local labor market demand.
(b) In dominant and emerging industry sectors and regions that are determined to be underserved or unserved, the office shall support and, where necessary, augment existing workforce efforts and outreach strategies to execute the missions and responsibilities of the office.
(c) The office shall collaborate and coordinate with agencies and stakeholders listed in subdivision (a) to identify and advocate for the needs of small businesses relative to the alignment of career technical education courses, workforce training programs, and pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs with regional and local labor market demand.
(d) The office shall include information about its activities pursuant to this section in the annual report required pursuant to Section 12098.4.