Managed by a Joint Apprenticeship Committee comprised of representatives of employees and employers and an educational representative, the Pilot provides upward mobility opportunities in the Greater Sacramento Area to state employees using training and development assignments.

During the program, apprentices work in the unit of their respective apprenticeship and attend college classes at the participating educational institution.

Upon completion of the program, apprentices will have earned up to 25 college credits, completed up to two years of on-the-job training and will receive a certificate of apprenticeship awarded by the United States Department of Labor and the California Department of Industrial Relations.

The Apprenticeship Pilot Programs are supported by the Governor’s Office, Government Operations Agency, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Department of Technology, CalHR and SEIU Local 1000.

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Information Technology Apprenticeship

The Information Technology Apprenticeship program is the first public sector program of its kind in the nation, and the initial cohort became the first to focus on networking.

Now on its third cohort focusing on service desk training, the Pilot has successfully run two cohorts focusing on networking training. For up to two years, apprentices work in an IT unit, earn college credits through Sacramento City College and take an exam to become Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician certified.

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Financial Services Apprenticeship

The Financial Services Apprenticeship is currently under development and is expected to launch Fall 2019. Similar in nature to the IT Apprenticeship, this program will provide apprentices with on-the-job and educational training, but in an accounting or tax-related occupation. 

Apprentices will attend accounting-related college courses at American River College earning about 24 semester units by the end of the program.

Mainframe Apprenticeship

This new program will develop skills needed to support mainframe information technology – the massive computer systems used by businesses and large public sector agencies to perform bulk data processing and house commercial databases and transaction servers. The program is planned to start 1st quarter 2020 with paid apprenticeships focusing on three roles:

1) Mainframe System Administration (MSA) 18 months

2) Software Engineer (SWE)  12 months

3) Application Developer (AD) 12 months