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Common definitions used in the Apprenticeship Program.

Listed below are the most common definitions used in apprenticeship education as well as in the apprenticeship program. Selected terms are defined in the California Labor Code (Division 3, Chapter 4, sections 3070-3099.5) and California Code of Regulations (Title 8. Industrial Relations).

Apprenticeship Program

Plan that contains apprenticeship program standards, committee rules and regulations, related and supplemental instruction course outlines and policy statements for the administration of the apprenticeable occupation.

Apprenticeship Program Sponsor

Joint apprenticeship committee, unilateral labor or management committee, or individual employer program.

Related and Supplemental Instruction

Organized and systematic form of instruction designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge including the theoretical and technical subjects related and supplemental to the skill(s) involved.

Community Classroom

Instructional methodology that uses unpaid on-the-job training experiences at business, industry, and public agency sites to assist students in acquiring competencies (skills, knowledge, and attitudes) necessary to acquire entry-level employment. Community classroom methodology extends instruction and helps the student acquire saleable skills.

Cooperative Vocational Education

Instructional methodology that correlates concurrent, formal, vocational classroom instruction with regularly scheduled, paid, on-the-job training experiences. Cooperative vocational education enables students to develop and refine the occupational competencies needed to acquire, adjust and succeed in an occupation.


Generic term for workplace learning positions. Participants may or may not be paid.

Job Shadowing

Program in which a student follows and observes an individual on the job for a designated number of hours or days as the individual performs workplace tasks.


Person who has either (1) completed an accredited apprenticeship in his/her craft or (2) completed the equivalent of an apprenticeship in length and content of work experience and all other requirements in the craft which has workers classified as journeyman in the apprenticeable occupation.

On-the-Job Training

Refers to any form of employment training that requires the student to work outside the school and at an actual business or other type of work site.


Remedial programs offered by program sponsors to potential registered apprenticeship program applicants. Content is typically focused on basic skills which must be successfully demonstrated on program entrance examinations.

Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Registered Apprenticeship Programs in California describe those apprenticeable occupations which meet specific state approved standards designed to safeguard the welfare of apprentices and which are registered with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. It is a relationship between an employer and an employee during which the worker, or apprentice, learns an occupation in a structured program sponsored by a single employer, employer associations, or a jointly sponsored labor/management association.

Work-Based Learning

Learning that occurs at a place of work to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be effective in a variety of workplace settings. Often the work-based learning includes strategies for linking a student's experience at work sites with the content taught at schools. Students are often assisted by workplace mentors who help them learn how to apply academic skills to solving real problems.

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