To provide apprenticeship training for their employees, many employers partner with the California Community Colleges or with the California Department of Education's (CDE) Regional Occupational Programs/Centers and Adult Schools. The community colleges have approximately 25,000 apprentices enrolled in over 160 apprenticeship programs comprised of a total of 66 trades/crafts titles located on 39 campuses. Apprentices receive on-the-job training via their employer, and then in the evening or weekend receive employer selected “Related and Supplemental Instruction” (RSI). Through many of the RSI apprenticeship programs an apprentice can earn a certificate or degree (Associate of Arts or Associate of Science). The apprenticeships are typically three to five years in length.
The 2013–14 California Budget Act provides $7,174,000 for the apprenticeship RSI and removed the “flexibility” provision that had been in place since 2008. All RSI funding must now only be spent on Apprenticeship programs. In addition, the geographic restriction which limited Community Colleges from working with statewide or multi-district based Apprenticeship Program Sponsors was lifted. Lastly, the $15,000,000 of RSI funding that was administered by the CDE was shifted to the CCCCO to remove any duplication of effort and provide cost savings to the state. Those Local Education Agencies (LEAs) affiliated with the CDE will continue to work with Apprenticeship Program Sponsors as they have in the past.
Based on a mutually agreed on contract, a given employer/program sponsor and the community college district share this Budget Act funding for the total number of clock hours the apprentices attended the RSI instruction. All RSI apprenticeship programs offered by the community colleges must be approved by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, as well as approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards which is a division within the California Department of Industrial Relations.