Ramos bill to boost high school student vocational workforce programs heads to governor

SACRAMENTO — A measure requiring school districts and other school offices to notify student programs of upcoming college and career fairs to raise awareness among students about careers in the professions is headed to the governor after a unanimous Senate vote of 39-0 on Monday. Assembly member James C. Ramos (D-Highland) is author of the measure, AB 643.

“We need to ensure that trading apprenticeships are offered as an option,” Ramos said. “These programs increase employment opportunities for young people and create a pipeline of skilled workers who receive competitive wages.”

In addition to mandating timely notification to college college apprenticeships and career fairs, AB 643 requires schools or districts to use the approved apprenticeship program database published by the Department of Labor Relations’ Apprenticeship Standards Division through its website. The bill also encourages school districts and schools to host internship events focused on technical education career opportunities.

In a letter of support for AB 643, contractor, plumber and electrical worker associations wrote: “Our industry apprenticeship programs provide high-quality workplace learning and are ‘earn-and-learn’ opportunities for post-secondary students, eliminating the anchor of youth student debt. those seeking a career.The programs must meet strict state standards for education, administered by the California Apprenticeship Council and the Division of Apprenticeship Standards within the California Department of Industrial Relations.

The Ramos measure is supported by the California Federation of Teachers, California Hydrogen Coalition, California Legislative Conference of Plumbing, the Heating & Piping Industry, California State Association of Electrical Workers, California State Pipe Trades Council, Coalition of California Utility Employees, Engineering & Utility Contractors Association, International Union of Elevator Constructors, National Electrical Contractors Association, Northern California Allied Trades, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of California, Southern California Glass Management Association, Wall and Ceiling Alliance, Western Electrical Contractors Association, Western States Council of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, and Western Wall and Association from ceiling contractors.

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