University of Wisconsin–Madison

Training for the Future: Workforce Development for a 21st Century Utility Los Angeles's Utility Pre-Craft Trainee Program

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This paper offers background on the development of Los Angeles's Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program, and highlights the features of the program that make it a best practice model for workforce training for entry-level workers. First, it provides an overview of the statewide and local policy landscape regarding energy and jobs that led to the development of the UPCT program. This is followed by a description of the basic structure and mechanics of the program, including the multiple partnerships that have been developed in its implementation. Next, it takes a look at the benefits of the program from the perspective of stakeholders. It concludes with a discussion of the lessons learned from UPCT for other utilities or unions interested in implementing similar workforce programs.

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