Requirements in California - Skilled and Trained Workforce
SB 693, SB 418
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State law requires the use of “Skilled and Trained Workforce” standards on best value, design-build, and lease-leaseback (for schools) projects. Contractors must employ workers on these projects who meet the following Skilled and Trained Workforce standards:
1) All workers employed in an apprenticeable occupation working on covered projects must be either “skilled journeypersons” or apprentices registered with a California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) approved apprenticeship program. A “skilled journeyperson” is defined as a worker who either:
a. Graduated from an apprenticeship program for the applicable occupation that was approved by the DAS or located outside California and approved for federal purposes pursuant to the apprenticeship regulations adopted by the federal Secretary of Labor;
b. Has been employed as a journeyperson and has at least as many hours of on-the-job experience in an applicable occupation as would be required to graduate from a DAS-approved apprenticeship program for the applicable occupation.
2) The skilled journeypersons working on these types of projects below must be comprised of graduates of a DAS-approved apprenticeship program.
Depending on the occupation the percentages of journeypersons who are apprentice program graduates will range from 30% - 60% by 2020
SB 693 Public contracts: skilled and trained workforce
- Allows for the required percentage levels to be met, by each contractor, by either the number of
employees per apprenticeable craft on the project per month OR by the number of hours worked per
apprenticeable craft per month.
- Relieves pressure on extremely small projects or portions of projects by exempting contractors from
having to comply with the requirements on projects with less than ten (10) hours total work by the
contractor in a month.
- Allows for a contractor to provide a plan to achieve compliance prior to the completion of the contract or project, rather than be penalized for noncompliance if the contractor is found to be out of compliance.
- Clarifies that the Skilled and Trained Workforce requirement on applicable projects does not apply to a
subcontractor that was not a listed subcontractor and is not performing more than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of the prime contract.