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          Date of Hearing:  May 4, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2288 (Burke) - As Introduced February 18, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill enacts provisions related to pre-apprenticeship  
          programs in the building and construction trades.  Specifically,  
          this bill:  


          1)Requires the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB),  
            and each local workforce investment board (local WIB), to  








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            ensure, to the maximum extent feasible, that programs and  
            services funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and  
            Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and directed to apprenticeable  
            occupations in the building and construction trades, including  
            pre-apprenticeship training, include plans for outreach and  
            retention to increase the percentage of women in the building  
            and construction trades.


          2)Requires the CWDB, and each local WIB, to ensure, to the  
            maximum extent feasible, that preapprenticeship training in  
            the building and construction trades follows the Multi-Craft  
            Core Curriculum developed by the California Department of  
            Education (CDE). 


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)Costs to CWDB could range from $117,000 to minor, depending  
            upon the extent to which CWDB would be required to review  
            plans for compliance. It is likely the CWDB and local WIBs  
            would simply condition funding and stipulate the requirements  
            that would need to be met when applicants seek resources  
            directed to apprenticeable occupations. 


          2)By imposing a new duty on local WIBs, the bill contains a  
            reimburseable local mandate, the magnitude of which is  
            unknown, but likely minor.  


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. This bill is sponsored by the State Building and  
            Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO who note that recruiting  
            women into a "non-traditional" construction career has been a  
            priority for the State Building and Construction Trades  








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            Council (SBCTC) and its unions. This bill builds on those  
            efforts by requiring pre-apprenticeship programs that are  
            applying for funding from WIOA to include a plan for outreach,  
            recruitment, and retention of women.

            Additionally, this bill requires pre-apprenticeship programs  
            training workers for the building and construction trades  
            crafts to utilize the NABTU Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3).  
            Developed in 2007, MC3 identifies common elements from all of  
            the trades' apprenticeship programs and puts them together in  
            one curriculum encompassing 120 hours of training. The  
            curriculum includes: building trades math, labor history,  
            OSHA, first aid and CPR training, blueprint reading, and green  
            construction techniques and standards. It also exposes  
            students to the tools of the various trades, the safe handling  
            of those tools, the structure of the construction industry,  
            the construction process, and an orientation to apprenticeship  
            itself. This curriculum ensures a well-rounded introduction to  
            what it means to be a construction worker and do construction  
            work before a young person tries to sign up to be an  
            apprentice.


          2)Background. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity  
            Act (WIOA) of 2014 reauthorized the nation's employment,  
            training, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation  
            programs created under WIA. California enacted conforming  
            legislation in 2015. 

            The EDD administers the federal WIOA and the California  
            Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is the policy making body  
            that assists the Governor with duties and responsibilities of  
            WIOA. The Governor's budget includes $397.7 million in WIOA  
            expenditures, with $360.5 million for local assistance, rapid  
            response, and special grants, and $37.2 million for  
            discretionary purposes. 

            WIOA funds are provided to California's 49 local workforce  
            investment boards (local WIBs).  These boards are comprised of  








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            representatives from private sector businesses, organized  
            labor, community-based organizations, local government  
            agencies, and local education agencies.  These boards provide  
            policy guidance, designate operators for their area's One-Stop  
            Career Centers, and oversee the job training activities within  
            their local areas.


          3)Opposition. The Associated Builders and Contractors of  
            California are opposed to this bill. They state the bill would  
            require all apprenticeship programs to use outdated union  
            created curriculum. They state there are other  
            pre-apprenticeship training programs and other nationally  
            recognized standards that should be given equal treatment. 



          4)Prior legislation. AB 554 (Atkins), Chapter 449, Statutes of  
            2011, requires state and local WIBs to ensure that programs  
            and services funded by WIA were conducted in coordination with  
            apprenticeship programs, and encourages collaboration between  
            community colleges and apprenticeship programs.



          Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081