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COVID-19 Informational alert

Due to the COVID-19 situation and the nature of apprenticeship programs, EDvance at Hawai’i Community College announces the following:

– The carpenter’s apprenticeship classes will be postponed from March 21-April 11.  Courses will resume on April 18th pending further developments and updates will be provided as needed.  Missed class sessions will be added at the end of the semester in order to complete required hours.

– All other apprenticeship programs will follow the posted schedule.

Please use reliable sources for information, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Hawaii State Department of Health. There are active steps you can take to protect yourself and others, and we encourage you to follow them to the extent possible.  If you aren’t feeling well or if you have been exposed to someone who is ill, do not come to class.

Given the extreme fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, all guidance provided is subject to change as the situation evolves.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at (808) 934-2700 or edvance@hawaii.edu

Apprenticeship Training Program

Hawaii Community College’s EDvance – Apprenticeship Training Program provides related classroom instruction for apprentices registered in various apprenticeship programs. Classes are offered in the evenings or on Saturdays and are currently related to training programs specific to the following union trades: carpenters, electricians, plumbers -refrigeration and air-conditioning, masons -tile setter, roofers, sheet metal workers, and painters. Class instruction supports requirements established by State Apprenticeship Law and makes it possible for apprentices to comply with related instructional requirements in conjunction with on-the-job training requirements of each program. In addition, journeyworker-upgrade training courses are also accommodated for journey workers seeking skill-upgrading or self-improvement in their respective trades.

The Benefits Of Apprenticeship

Young Men and Women

Young men and women benefit from apprenticeship as if offers an efficient means of learning a skill and trade within an organized structure and guided work programs. The apprentice is able to learn while they earn and once they have completed the apprenticeship program and become journeyman they are assured of a secure future with a good standard of living. Opportunities for employment and advancement open up once the apprentice completes their training.

Industry and business

Industry and business benefit from the apprenticeship programs as the journeyman is a skilled and competent worker with all around skills in their trade. They are able to work unsupervised and demonstrate quick adaptation, versatility and leadership. These individuals typically advance quickly and are often supervisors, foreman and managers. A survey of the Association of General Contractors of America showed the 90 percent of the top officials in construction companies, presidents, vice presidents, owners and partners, began their careers as apprentices.

Requirements for an Approved Apprenticeship Program

As outlined in the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 372 Apprenticeship Law, an apprenticeship program must be approved by the Apprenticeship Council. In order to become an approved and registered apprenticeship program in the state of Hawaii, the program must meet eligibility for registration.
  • The program must be sponsored by an employer or employers’ association, where the standards, collective bargaining agreement, or other instrument provide for participation by a union in any matter in the operation of the apprenticeship program. 
  • The program has a written plan that outlines the terms and conditions of employment, training, and supervision of the apprentices and supported by the sponsoring business or association to carry out the training. 
  • The program provides equal opportunity pledge as outlined within the apprenticeship law. 
  • The program must outline the duration of the apprentices on-the-job training, to be no less than 12 months or 2,000 hours, and provide outline of the work process in which the apprentice will receive supervised work experience. The program must also outline the number of hours spent in organized related instruction in technical subjects related to the trade. This must be approved by the state department of education or the community college system, University of Hawaii and shall be no less than 144 hours. Hawaii Revised Statutes 372-6 – Related instruction:  states, Related instruction for apprentices and training of teachers and coordinators for the instruction shall be the responsibility of the community colleges of the University of Hawaii system.
  • State those apprentices shall be no less than 16 years of age. 
  • Provide statement of the progressively increasing scale of wages to be paid the apprentice consistent with the skill acquired, with the entry wage to be no less than minimum wage. 
  • Provide a provision for probationary period reasonably related to the full apprenticeship term. 
  • Provisions for; ratio of apprentices to journey workers consistent with proper supervision, apprentices shall be provided adequate and safe equipment and facilities for training and supervision, periodic review and evaluation of apprentice’s job performance and related instruction, recognition of successful completion of apprenticeship by appropriate certificate. 

Additional Apprenticeship Program Information

Workforce Development Services – Jobs for the Future: has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor as a national industry intermediary to drive expansion of registered apprenticeship in two key sectors: Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality.
National Apprenticeship Intermediary in Advanced Manufacturing
JFF has been selected by USDOL as a national industry intermediary to drive the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship in the growing advanced manufacturing sector. Under the contract, JFF is partnering with manufacturing associations and leading innovators in apprenticeship to dramatically increase the number of manufacturing firms that are utilizing Registered Apprenticeship and to train more than 2,200 apprentices over the next five years.
National Apprenticeship Intermediary in the Hospitality Sector
JFF is a key partner in the team selected by USDOL to serve as a national apprenticeship intermediary in the Hospitality sector.* The team—led by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and including Hilton Worldwide and other major employers—will establish Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that improve productivity and lead to high-wage careers in the restaurant and hotel industries. Under a five-year contract, the team will expand programs in Hospitality to train over 2,200 apprentices.
Diversity and Inclusion in Apprenticeship
JFF has been selected by the USDOL to lead an effort designed to support increased demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship. Under a five-year contract, JFF is partnering with a consortium of community colleges, organizations, employers (Hilton Worldwide, CVS Health, and The Hartford), and local partners in four cities to increase the participation of women, people of color, and disconnected youth who enter and complete Registered Apprenticeship programs through implementation and scaling of diversity and inclusion plans and practices.

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