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AB-1558 Apprenticeship programs: career fairs.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/17/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 17, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1558


Introduced by Assembly Member Ramos

February 22, 2019


An act to add Sections Section 3074.2 and 3075.3 to the Labor Code, relating to apprenticeship.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1558, as amended, Ramos. Apprenticeship programs: career fairs.
Existing law provides for the establishment of apprenticeship programs in various trades, to be approved by the Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards within the Department of Industrial Relations in any trade in the state or in a city or trade area whenever the apprentice training needs justify the establishment.
This bill would require school districts and schools a school district or school to notify each apprenticeship programs program in the same county as the school district or school of a career and or college fairs at least two weeks before the fair, as specified. The bill would require career and college fairs to provide apprenticeship programs an adequate amount of space and the same amount of resources provided to other invited groups. The bill would require apprenticeship programs to annually provide school districts within their geographic region a point of contact, phone number, email address, an address for the program’s operating location, and purpose of the apprenticeship program. The bill would require each school district to maintain the information submitted by an apprenticeship program, and provide the information to schools within its jurisdiction upon request. fair it is planning to hold, as specified.
By imposing specified requirements on school districts and schools conducting career and college fairs, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The legislature Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) Apprenticeship programs are vital to the strength of our state’s workers and the vitality of our state’s economy, both by providing industry skilled workers and expanding the number of well-paid workers in our communities.
(b) Apprentices learn skills applicable to stable careers necessary to the continuing development of our state.
(c) The legislature has recognized the importance of apprenticeship programs through its ongoing focus on these programs.
(d) Organized labor, public agencies, and businesses share a priority to expand and utilize apprenticeship programs. As such, apprenticeship programs have expanded significantly in recent years, from 53,951 apprentices registered in 2012 to 80,464 in 2018.
(e) The current academic climate in high schools often emphasizes college preparedness while the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeship programs for students exiting high schools are commonly overlooked.
(f) Since many apprenticeship programs have high school diploma or GED requirements, these programs may encourage high school students to work towards graduation.
(g) It should be a goal of the legislature Legislature to ensure high school students are made aware of the opportunities afforded to them through apprenticeship programs.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3074.2 is added to the Labor Code, to read:

3074.2.
 (a) For the purposes of this section:
(1) “Career fair” means an event where multiple private businesses, government agencies, university representatives, or career technical school representatives are invited by a school or school district to present career options or career technical education options for students.
(2) “College fair” means an event where multiple college or university representatives are invited by a school or school district to present college options to students.
(3) “School” means public schools, including, but not limited to, charter schools and alternative schools.
(b) (1) A school district or school that is planning to hold a college or career fair shall notify each apprenticeship program within 30 miles of in the same county as the school district or school of the college or career fair. In determining the distance county location of an apprenticeship program from the college or career fair, program, the school district or school shall rely on the address submitted and maintained pursuant to Section 3075.3. database of approved apprenticeship programs published by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards on its internet website.
(2) The notification shall include all both of the following:
(A) The planned date and time of the college fair or career fair.
(B) The planned location of the college fair or career fair.

(C)The school district or school’s requirement to provide adequate space for the apprenticeship program.

(D)The objective to inform students of local apprenticeship or workforce development programs.

(3) Notice shall be delivered before the planned date of the college or career fair either by postage first-class mail or by electronic mail pursuant to the information maintained under subdivision (b) of Section 3075.3. contact information contained in the database of approved apprenticeship programs published by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards on its internet website.

(4)Notice shall be sent at least two weeks before the planned date of the college or career fair.

(c)College and career fairs shall provide adequate space for apprenticeship programs and resources equal to those provided to other invited groups.

(d)

(c) School districts and schools are encouraged by the Legislature to host apprenticeship fair events, in the style of college and career fair events that are focused on local apprenticeship programs and career technical education opportunities.

SEC. 3.Section 3075.3 is added to the Labor Code, to read:
3075.3.

(a)Each apprenticeship program shall annually contact each school district in their geographic area in writing providing a point of contact, phone number, email address, an address for the program’s operating location, and purpose of the apprenticeship program.

(b)A school district shall maintain a record of the information submitted by apprenticeship programs pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c)Upon request from a school within the jurisdiction of a school district, the school district shall provide a list of the information maintained pursuant to subdivision (b).

SEC. 4. SEC. 3.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.