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
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
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.