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Apprenticeship has been recognized for centuries as a tried-and-true method of passing on essential technical skills and vocational competencies from one generation of skilled workers to another. Today these programs offer Californians a pathway to in demand high wage and high-growth careers. Apprenticeship is a remarkable structured training method and method of choice in industries that demand highly skilled, competent and flexible workers.  

This system of training is designed to meet the diverse and technical needs for hundreds of industries and occupations.  The planned training involves a progression of tasks on the job combined with classroom instruction which integrates the why and how of the job.  Apprenticeship programs can be set up for any occupation which involves the use of independent judgment in applying a wide range of skills and knowledge.  An apprenticeable occupation can be designed by combining several single-skill jobs to form an upward mobility pattern.

As innovation propels American industries apprenticeship will be critical to the productivity, efficiency, and skill of an industry’s work force. Industries that hope to thrive in the new global economy are encouraged to incorporate apprenticeship training models into their work force development strategy. Apprenticeship offers the right blend of “learning by doing” and theoretical instruction “in-class” to produce workers who have the necessary skills for each industry.

The CAI hub is an online resource designed to provide information and resources to recipients of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office's California Apprenticeship Initiative grant and anyone else is interested in expanding apprenticeship opportunities in California. 



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