Apprenticeships: Workplace Learning
Businesses throughout the U.S. are taking up the challenge of workplace learning. From job shadowing to mentoring to internships to apprenticeships, communities are opening up to diverse education models. There is a renewed national spotlight on the value of Apprenticeship Programs as a pathway to a variety of good paying jobs and careers. Apprenticeships are also a great way to recruit, train and retain highly skilled workers. Tony Skinner, President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 952 and Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Tri-Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and Jeremy Goldberg: Executive Director of the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and WDB members joined Tom Spence on KVTA to discuss the importance of developing apprenticeship opportunities. Apprenticeships follow an earn-while-you-learn model where, for example in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers program, a first-year apprentice earns $15/hour with benefits, working during the day and going to school in the evenings. The training period lasts anywhere from three to five years, depending upon the trade. While every trade has an apprenticeship program, there are also many programs outside the construction industry. Apprenticeships reduce the need for expensive recruitment programs by creating a flow of candidates who are already screened and trained. For guidelines on how to start an apprenticeship program go to the Department of Industrial Relations website. Listen to Workforce Wednesday to learn more about apprenticeship programs.

Meetings of the Minds 
WDB Members in Action
"Driven By Demand" was the theme of the 20th Anniversary of the California Workforce Leadership's Meet of the Minds in Monterey. Three WDB members, Vic Anselmo, WDB Vice Chair, and CEO of Applied Powdercoat, Inc., Greg Barnes, Director, Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center and Patricia Schulz, CEO of The Arc of Ventura County were in attendance. This year's gathering focused on helping the workforce development system become even more demand driven. "The ideas and the information presented on how other organizations are implementing differing on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs were clear and innovative," said Patricia Schulz, "One particular example of a partnership between manufacturing, workforce development, and adult education sectors to serve young adults with autism was eye-opening." Schulz continued, "Understanding that in our environment the answers are out there as long as everyone works together to look for the opportunities, including the people we are trying to serve, to make better matches." The conference program reinforced that even when there are populations that appear to be harder to serve, workforce partnerships can deliver significant success. "Working in good-paying jobs gets them out of poverty and fills an important need in providing skilled workers in manufacturing. The idea of thinking out of the box is key," said Schulz.

America's Job Center of California  
Here to Help
In August, the unemployment rates in Ventura County were 5.3%, down significantly from a recession peak of 11.3% in August 2010. In spite of so much discussion around 'full employment,' there are still a significant number of job seekers searching for a good-paying job and employers trying to fill positions with skilled workers. Fortunately, there are robust employment services available in Ventura County at the new America's Job Centers of California (AJCC) locations in Oxnard and Simi Valley. AJCC staff can assist employers in finding and hiring skilled workers. Via CalJOBS SM, employers can post unlimited job listings, search and screen résumés, and contact potential applicants. Employers can also connect with local resources to provide training programs for their employees, learn about tax credits for their business, and access additional resources, including labor market information. The AJCC can also assist job seekers in obtaining employment, and strengthen their skill set. Many workshops and training classes, such as interview techniques, are available and job seekers can receive career guidance. For more information about full-service one-stop AJCC resource centers in Ventura County call 800.500.7705.

WDB Partner Focus: P-20 Council
Building a skilled workforce that will meet the needs of the Ventura County business community is the focus of the Workforce Development Board and their partners. The vision of one of those partners, the P-20 Council, is making sure that all children in the region have an opportunity to pursue any educational path, secure a good paying job, and have the resources to do so. The Ventura County P-20 Council unites key decision makers from education, business, government and community organizations to support the growth of educational and career pathways from pre-school (P) through college and post-secondary/career (20). Whether you have a business and are looking for qualified interns or are interested in helping craft pathways that will prepare students for careers in your industry, the P-20 Council wants your involvement. Go to to get started.

Success Story: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme
The Challenge: Antonio's home is one of divorce and low-income where he currently lives with his mother and two siblings. He was a student at Oxnard High School when he learned about the Job Ready class and Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) available at the Boys & Girls Club.
The Solution: During the Job Ready class, Antonio learned how to create a resume, write a cover letter and job search online and apply to jobs. The YEP program paid for his driver's license and purchased an interview outfit to help him prepare for future job interviews. Because of his exceptional performance in the Job Ready class, he was selected to take part in a Subsidized Employment Program. In this program, Antonio had the opportunity to complete 125 hours of paid work at Smart & Final.
The Outcome: Antonio completed his hours, obtained his diploma from Oxnard High School and was offered a permanent job at Smart & Final. He is now attending Ventura College, while also working and hopes to transfer to Chico State University in two years. Antonio also speaks of becoming a Police Officer after obtaining his Bachelor's Degree.

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Department of Labor: National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 13-19

Not Seasonally Adjusted

U.S. = 4.5%
California = 5.4%
Ventura County = 5.3%

Note: Sept. 2017 Job Outlook will be available on Oct. 20.


Tom Spence
KVTA 1590-AM

Oct. 25, 2017 at 8:40AM

Topic: P-20 Council

Click to listen to Sept. broadcast about AJCC's.

Interested in helping to develop Ventura County's future workforce? Join us at one of our committee meetings. For meeting specifics, visit the Workforce Development Board and click on meeting calendar.