Apprenticeships

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Local 1000 Apprenticeship Programs

With a mind toward fulfilling our purpose statement— and giving all members the opportunity to have a good life, live in sustainable communities and enjoy the fruits of social, economic and environmental justice, our union has worked to create new and innovative apprentice program opportunities.

Apprenticeships couple on-the-job training with related study and instruction in order to increase workers’ skills and allow them to be more competitive in the job market. At the same time, workers continue to receive income, avoiding financial barriers that otherwise would prevent them from attaining education and new skills.

Traditionally, the term “apprenticeship” applies to trade jobs, like carpenter or sheet metal worker. Local 1000 has already created ground-breaking apprenticeships in non-traditional areas like health care and information technology and is working to expand into other areas.

LVN to RN Apprenticeship 

In 2017, Local 1000 partnered to launch the very first LVN to RN civil service apprenticeship program in the country was launched, offering upward mobility to Unit 20 health care workers. Over 50 apprentices have been registered in our programs offered with Sacramento City College and San Joaquin Delta College. Roughly half have of these apprentices are now working as Registered Nurses. We are expanding this model to Riverside City College where we intend to also offer this program to rural residents through distance learning.
Click here to learn more about applying to our LVN to RN Apprenticeship

Financial Services (FS) Apprenticeship Program

Yet another breakthrough for the professional development of our members; the first public sector financial services (FS) apprenticeship program with concentrations in auditing and accounting. This program is a collaborative effort between Local 1000, American River College, and Government Operations Agency, and several state departments. In establishing this program, we are creating a sustainable financial services professional pathway that provides our members with upward mobility opportunities in occupations which have significant shortages and are projected to grow exponentially in coming years.
Click here to learn more about applying to our FS Apprenticeship

Information Technology Apprenticeship

Another first—this time, the first public sector IT apprenticeship program with a networking focus, also launched in 2017. The program broadened to include a focus of help desk/client services. Roughly 40 apprentices have been registered so far, and they receive on-the-job training as well as approximately 24 units of college instruction. Half of our apprentices have already received promotions into their sought-after IT classifications.
Click here to learn more about applying to our IT Apprenticeship

Looking ahead

Our union is in the formative stages of new apprenticeships, in Mainframe Computing and Cybersecurity, as well as providing new career pathways for the custodians we represent.