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AB-1376 Apprenticeship: preapprenticeship programs for women.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Women make up the majority of minimum wage earners and women of color are heavily concentrated in minimum wage jobs. The low minimum wage is especially hard on workers with families, single mother-headed households.
(b) Low wages prevail for workers in highly female-dominated occupations, including domestic work, child care, and home health care. Women of color are hit particularly hard since they are the majority of workers in all three of these occupations.
(c) Persistent barriers to entry and advancement for women, particularly women of color, in higher paid, traditionally male-dominated occupations, including the skilled construction trades and apprenticeships, lead to underrepresentation of women in these fields.
(d) Skilled apprenticeship is a major pathway into blue-collar middle-class careers.
(e) The Division of Apprenticeship Standards oversees a paid on-the-job training program with an educational component for 75,000 California apprentices.
(f) Ninety-three percent of the apprentices in California are male.
(g) Over 70 percent of the apprentices in California are in construction, 97 percent of which are men.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 3100) is added to Division 3 of the Labor Code, to read:

CHAPTER  5. Preapprenticeship Programs for Women
 The Division of Apprenticeship Standards shall develop and certify a statewide preapprenticeship program designed to recruit female candidates for construction opportunities.
 The division shall create training and curriculum based on preexisting multicraft curriculum standards designed to prepare women candidates with the skills, competencies, and mentorship needed to enter existing apprenticeship programs in the construction trades.
 A person or organization desiring to be certified to administer a preapprenticeship program under these provisions shall submit an application to the division that shall include the following information:
(a) Verifiable documentation of experience in the construction industry.
(b) A list of instructors or mentors who will be participating in the program and their qualifications.
(c) A proposed schedule for meeting the criteria of the preapprenticeship curriculum developed by the division.
(d) Other information as the division may require.
 The division shall certify administrators for the preapprenticeship programs from career centers, trade schools, local unemployment offices, and other institutions based upon the information contained in the application and an evaluation of the administrators’ ability to verify their access to potential participants, including their ability to provide services directly to women matriculating through the preapprenticeship programs.
 A preapprenticeship program certified by the division shall submit in full detail, its complete expenditures in administering the program, including, all liabilities, investments, portfolios, expenses, and tax records. The division shall review and approve reimbursement of program expenditures that meet the following requirements:
(a) The majority of expenses consisting of the direct costs and expenses associated with administering the program to the targeted demographic.
(b) Standardized reports, on a form designated by the division, are submitted that provide transparency into program curriculum and outcomes. These reports shall be available for public review.
(c) The program meets the standards set by the division, including at least a 50-percent placement rating in existing apprenticeship programs for preapprenticeship program participants.
 (a) There is appropriated from the General Fund five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) to the Division of Apprenticeship Standards to establish the preapprenticeship program, including developing the curriculum and selecting the program administrators.
(b) Funding for the continued operation of certified preapprenticeship programs shall be made upon further appropriation by the Legislature.