Information about Apprenticeship for AEBG Adult
Education Regional Consortia

Apprenticeship can be fairly easily integrated throughout all Adult Education program areas at both the K-12 and community college level. 

The most effective approach to developing regional plans related to “Programs for Apprentices” is based on transitioning adults into apprenticeship programs by integrating apprenticeship concepts into all the five Adult Education curriculum areas. The idea is not to fund apprenticeship programs, but for each consortium to focus their plan on transition and integration.

The desired outcome is to insure as many adult students as possible will be able to transition into an apprenticeship program. The planning process should focus on providing all adult learners with the skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help expand their opportunities for gainful employment and open as many pathways as possible into apprenticeship.

There is existing curriculum related to Apprenticeship that could be used as a starting point for all consortiums to integrate apprenticeship concepts into the curriculum for many GED classes, many ESL and Citizenship classes perhaps utilizing Voc Ed ESL, some Adults with Disabilities classes at an appropriate level, and all Short Term CTE classes through one or more of the following approaches that would differ in terms of depth of content depending on the class and the students. They include an “overview of apprenticeship”, or “pre-apprenticeship’, or an ‘orientation to apprenticeship”.

Successful transitioning into an apprenticeship program from Adult Education courses will be largely dependent on the membership of local/regional consortia. Apprenticeship is a component of workforce development. As such, consortia members must include members who represent or are engaged in workforce development programs, such as from local WIB’s, local government, representatives of the Apprenticeship community, employers, local education agencies, etc. There are over 800 apprentice-able occupations approved for California. As such, it is virtually impossible to cover all of them in every region.  The more diverse the consortia’s membership is the higher the probability for field trips, shadowing, work experience, or other opportunities for observing or obtaining a hands-on experience.

Developing a plan to integrate an appropriate level of information related to apprenticeship into the curriculum for all Adult Education program areas is the first step. This step is best implemented by involving individuals with expertise in apprenticeship. A main focus is to direct curriculum content toward pathways aligned with regional workforce demands.

AEBG Apprenticeship List of LEAs and Sponsors: This is a list of apprenticeships at Lead Educational Agencies and their sponsors. Included is the Related and Supplemental Instructional funding by LEA for 2008 through 2015.

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