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Apprenticeship Program

Apprentice groundskeeper Carlos Cabellos testing and maintaining an irrigation sprinkler system

The Apprenticeship Program provides on-the-job training for workers as apprentices, allowing them to expand their career choices and pathways to journey-level positions at Stanford.

Program History & Goals

Stanford University and the SEIU Higher Education Workers Local 2007 established the Joint Apprenticeship Program in 2013 and apprentices are currently placed in several departments.

With oversight by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), the program aims to provide:

  • On-the-job training for workers as apprentices at the university in mutually agreed upon trades;
  • Current workers of the university an opportunity to expand their career choices and pathways to journey-level positions within the university;
  • The university with superior quality workers while at the same time protecting the rights of Union members.

On-the-Job Training

An Apprentice will satisfactorily complete a requisite number of on-the-job training hours in specifically designed work processes to provide the apprentice with the required work experience to qualify for Journey Worker status in his/her trade.

Educational Training Provided through Coursework

  • An apprentice shall satisfactorily complete prescribed courses of Related and Supplemental Instruction.
  • The purpose of Related and Supplemental Instruction is to teach apprentices those applied academics in subject areas critical to job performance, but not adequately or effectively taught on the job.
  • The Related and Supplemental Instruction will be paid from university STAP funds.
  • $100 of STAP funds for employees covered by the SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are reallocated for the Apprenticeship Program (see CBA for more information).
  • Apprentices have the responsibility to enroll in and attend all classes of Related and Supplemental Instruction to satisfactorily complete their course of study.
  • Apprentices have the responsibility to know their schedules of classes and purchase the necessary tools and books or other materials required for each class.
  • Costs of necessary tools, books or other materials will be paid in accordance with university staff development programs and the CBA.

Apprenticeship Trades

Currently, the program offers four trades for apprenticeship, which are specifically outlined in the Standards of: The Stanford University and SEIU HEW Local 2007 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee:

  1. Maintenance Mechanic (See Standards, Appx. D for information on course of study)
  2. High Volt Electrician (See Standards, Appx. E for information on course of study)
  3. Maintenance Mechanic – Residential (See Standards, Appx. F for information on course of study)
  4. Maintenance Carpenter – Residential (See Standards, Appx. G for information on course of study)

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