Assemblywoman Burke’s Job Training Bill Becomes Law

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AB 2288 modernizes pre-apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke’s Assembly Bill 2288, ensuring that pre-apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades follow the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum and boost their outreach to women.

“Job training programs open the door to living wage jobs,” said Burke (D-Inglewood).  “AB 2288 modernizes our standards for pre-apprenticeship programs with quality curriculum and plans for outreach to, as well as recruitment and retention of women so that everyone has a chance to get the tools they need to succeed.”

California has led the nation in the number of individuals participating in apprenticeship programs; however, women only make up 5.3 percent of active apprentices.  AB 2288 requires pre-apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades to include a plan for outreach, recruitment, and retention to increase the number of women in the field.  In addition, the bill requires the use of the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum developed for the purpose of preparing students and pre-apprenticeship participants for a labor-management apprenticeship programs.   The curriculum provides a gateway to postsecondary education and careers in any of the building and construction trades from high school or community college to joint industry registered apprenticeships.

"AB 2288 is a groundbreaking bill that will provide middle-class career opportunities to women throughout California by requiring pre-apprenticeship programs receiving workforce development funds to develop a plan for the recruitment and retention of women,” said Robbie Hunter, President of the State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.  “We thank Assemblywoman Burke for authoring AB 2288 and Governor Brown for his signature on this legislation that will break down barriers and significantly increase the number of female construction apprentices in our state."


Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd Assembly District, which consists of the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Mar Vista, Venice, and parts of Del Rey. Additionally, the 62nd Assembly District includes the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.