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Governor Newsom released a commemorative letter acknowledging “Apprenticeship Week” in the State of California. During this week, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) will lead an online celebration of California apprentices demonstrating the benefits of apprenticeship training programs for both employers and workers.

Apprenticeship week will culminate in a series of conversations highlighting apprenticeships tied to a more equitable economy:

November 12:

  • 11 – 12:30 pm: PAVING THE HIGH ROAD TO A RESILIENT ECONOMY: A Virtual Forum hosted by the California Workforce Development Board
  • 2 – 3 pm: APPRENTICESHIP STORIES AND VOICES:  Round Table with Secretary Su and Apprentices to be broadcast to the LWDA YouTube Channel.
  • 3:30 – 5 pm: You are invited to an online signing ceremony for the San Joaquin County High School Apprenticeship Program. These students will be the first in the state of California to become registered apprentices with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards!

Stories and information about apprenticeships will roll out each day via the California Workforce Development Board’s email list, Department of Industrial Relation’s Twitter, and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s Facebook Twitter Instagram.

California’s Apprenticeship week is a part of the National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020 Celebration, taking place the same week.


The Governor’s goal for the State of California is to develop 500,000 new apprentices over the next decade and allows apprentices to earn while they learn allowing all Californians access to economic independence.

Apprenticeships are high-quality job opportunities that provide job skills and combine hands-on job experience with a classroom-related curriculum. One out of every six apprentices in the United States are registered with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), and California currently has over 96,000 active apprentices. California is committed to apprenticeships as a strategy for training, workforce development, and enhancing California’s competitiveness.

Registered apprenticeship is the gold standard of work-based training that combines on-the-job training with a classroom curriculum specifically designed for the job. DAS works closely with the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB), the Employment Training Panel (ETP), and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) in funding registered apprenticeship under the high-road training partnerships with labor unions, community-based organizations, and local educational agencies.

Sec Su talking to an apprenticeship instructor

California For All means building an economy where every worker, regardless of race, gender, zip code, industry, or circumstance at birth, can get a good job and the skills to do that job. As we rebuild our economy, we want to ensure a more equitable recovery with family-sustaining wages. Apprenticeships create career paths to long-term good quality jobs.

Julie A. Su

California Labor Secretary

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