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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


          AB  
          2288 (Burke)


          As Amended  August 16, 2016


          Majority vote


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          Original Committee Reference:  L. & E.


          SUMMARY:  Enacts provisions related to pre-apprenticeship  
          programs in the building and construction trades.


          The Senate amendments:


          1)Recast the bill to specify that the California Workforce  
            Development Board (Board) and each local board shall ensure,  
            to the maximum extent feasible, that federal Workforce  
            Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) funds awarded by  
            them for purposes of preapprenticeship training in the  
            building and construction trades fund programs and services  
            that do both of the following:


             a)   Follow the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum implemented by  
               the State Department of Education for its pilot project  








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               with California Partnership Academies.


             b)   Develop a plan for outreach and retention for women  
               participants in the preapprenticeship program to help  
               increase the representation of women in the building and  
               construction trades.


          2)Require the Board to develop policies for the implementation  
            of these provisions.


          3)Make other related changes.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Provides that the Board is responsible for assisting the  
            Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous  
            improvement of California's workforce investment system.


          2)Requires that the Board and each local workforce development  
            board ensure that programs and services funded by WIOA and  
            directed to apprenticeable occupations are conducted in  
            coordination with apprenticeship programs approved by the  
            Division of Apprenticeship Standards, as specified. 


          3)Requires the Board and each local workforce development board  
            to develop a policy of fostering collaboration between  
            community colleges and approved apprenticeship programs in the  
            geographic area.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, the Board indicates that its costs to implement the  
          bill would be up to $117,000 annually, depending upon the extent  
          to which it would be required to review plans for compliance.









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          COMMENTS:  This bill is sponsored by the State Building and  
          Construction Trades Council of California and would require  
          pre-apprenticeship programs in the building and construction  
          trades to include a plan for outreach, recruitment, and  
          retention of women and require the use of the Multi-Craft Core  
          Curriculum developed for the purpose of preparing students and  
          pre-apprenticeship participants for labor-management  
          apprenticeship programs.


          Supporters argue that this bill will expand on current efforts  
          to support women in the trades by requiring pre-apprenticeship  
          programs funded by WIOA dollars to create a plan for outreach,  
          recruitment and retention of women seeking a career in the  
          building trades.  In addition, because pre-apprenticeship is a  
          useful tool to prepare prospective construction worker  
          apprentices for an apprenticeship program, this bill creates  
          uniform rules for success in pre-apprenticeship training.  They  
          argue that the two parts of this bill each in different ways  
          help ensure that the building and construction trades are as  
          representative of society as possible.


          Opponents believe that this bill essentially mandates that all  
          programs use the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum, which will subject  
          those in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs to  
          outdated curriculum that can only be delivered by a local  
          Building Trades Council.  They contend that there are other  
          pre-apprentice training programs and other nationally recognized  
          standards that need to be given equal treatment as basis for  
          program curricula.  Opponents state that they would remove their  
          opposition if all state and federally approved apprenticeship  
          training programs and other nationally recognized standards are  
          added as options to be used for this purpose, similar to what is  
          permitted by the Federal Department of Labor.


          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Ben Ebbink / L. & E. / (916) 319-2091  FN:  
          0004367









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