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

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Date Published: 03/31/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1376


Introduced by Assembly Member Caballero

February 17, 2017


An act relating to pupil instruction. to add Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 3100) to Division 3 of the Labor Code, relating to employment, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1376, as amended, Caballero. Pupil instruction: gifted and talented pupils. Apprenticeship: preapprenticeship programs for women.
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 the Division of Apprenticeship Standards to develop curricula for, and to provide certification for, preapprenticeship programs for women in the construction trades, to be regulated under these provisions. The bill would establish criteria for the selection of persons or organizations to administer the preapprenticeship programs and would provide the requirements for a preapprenticeship program to seek reimbursement of its expenses for providing its services.
The bill would make a one-time appropriation of $500,000 from the General Fund to the Division of Apprenticeship Standards to develop a curriculum and certification process for these preapprenticeship programs. The bill would provide that the funding of the operation of the programs would be upon further appropriation by the Legislature.
The bill would make legislative findings in support of these provisions.

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act provides for the allotment of formula grants to states for various activities to support effective educational instruction, including providing training to support the identification of students who are gifted and talented.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would align state law with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by requiring the State Department of Education to work with stakeholders to develop recommendations to assist teachers, principals, or other school leaders in identifying pupils who are gifted and talented and to provide instruction based on their needs.

Vote: MAJORITY2/3   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 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

3100.
 The Division of Apprenticeship Standards shall develop and certify a statewide preapprenticeship program designed to recruit female candidates for construction opportunities.

3101.
 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.

3102.
 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.

3103.
 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.

3104.
 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.

3105.
 (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.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would align state law with Section 2101 of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95) by requiring the State Department of Education to work with stakeholders to develop recommendations to assist teachers, principals, or other school leaders in identifying pupils who are gifted and talented and to provide instruction based on their needs.