The California Employment Traning Panel (ETP) recently awarded a contract to the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California(CTCNC) to improve retention rates in the early stages of apprenticeship.
The CTCNC will target training for pre-apprentices in a program that will prepare individuals to enter the carpenter apprenticeship program. At present, 50% of apprentices drop out of the program during the first year, and another 50% leave in the second year. There are several reasons for the exodus of apprentices -- a drop in the hours of available work, problems with child care and transportation -- but there is also the issue of how ready apprentices are to enter the field when they begin the apprenticeship. How much do they know about the tools, equipment, working conditions, and other key factors involved with being employed in construction?
Leveraging Public and Private Funds
With the ETP funding, CTCNC plans to offer up to 192 hours of Commercial Skills training to 300 pre-apprentices. Commercial Skills training is designed to give the pre-apprentices grounding in use of basic hand tools, power tools, and material handling. Exposure to various aspects of the trade, including wood and metal framing, drywall application, basic blueprint reading, basic roof structure, and concrete formwork, is included in the curriculum.
In addition to the Commercial Skills training modules, an average of 108 hours of classroom/lab training will be provided.
CTCNC, a training fund jointly administered by the union and signatory employers, offers a stipend to pre-apprentices to help with basic support while participating in the pre-apprenticeship program. The ETP funding will cover the costs of providing Commercial Skills training to 300 participants. CTCNC is also working with local WIBs to match WIA-eligible particpants with supportive services.
Click here to find out more about the ETP.http://www.etp.ca.gov/faq.cfm