High Road Construction Careers

What are High Road Construction Careers?

The California Workforce Development Board oversees a suite of investments and policy initiatives to advance construction careers as a reliable pathway to the middle class for disadvantaged Californians. The High Road Construction Careers program prioritizes partnerships that link local building and construction trades councils to workforce boards, community colleges, and community-based organizations, creating structured pathways — with a standard core curriculum and critical supportive services — to state-certified apprenticeships in a variety of crafts. These efforts build systems and policies that directly advance the State Plan goals of equity (access to skills and economic opportunity) and job quality (connections to careers with decent wages and benefits).

Through various state funding sources (e.g., Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, Road Repair & Accountability Act/SB 1, and CA Clean Energy Jobs Act/Prop 39), the CWDB has invested and continues to invest millions of dollars in pre-apprenticeship partnerships across California. These investments connect programs directly to regional labor market demand through a campaign to expand the use of Community Workforce Agreements, which wrap targeted local hire provisions into public infrastructure projects, including projects critical to safeguarding the environment and climate.

To see more from HRCC programs, watch the HRCC playlist.

HRCC: SB 1 Program

The purpose of the HRCC: SB 1 program is to advance careers in the building and construction trades as a reliable pathway to the middle class for disadvantaged Californians through:

  • Investments in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training partnerships that lead to both personal and professional development of high-need individuals and at-risk populations.
  • Regional collaboration to ensure a demand-driven approach to workforce development to meet both labor market demand and industry needs leading to employment.
  • Incorporating and/or leveraging existing or emerging policies and initiatives (especially those related to environmental and climate change) that are shaping the future of workforce.

ANNOUNCEMENT: SB1 Technical Assistance Request for Applications
To support the SB1 High Road Construction Careers (HRCC) initiative, the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $700,000 total in Technical Assistance to fund a Project Support Network (up to $500,000) and Regional Coordination (up to $200,000) to support the development, implementation, and sustainability of the High Road Construction Careers regional pre-apprenticeship partnerships.

**The application period for the SB1 Technical Assistance RFA has been extended to August 17th, 2020.**


Project Support Forms:
PS Narrative
PS Workbook

Regional Coordination Forms:
RC Narrative
RC Workbook


Q&A Accepted and posted here weekly throughout the application period.

Final Q&A posting date will be (questions must be in by Thursday, July 30 Noon Pacific Time).

Send questions via email to HRCC@cwdb.ca.gov with “SB 1 TA Q&A” in subject line

Q&A as of 08/14/2020


August 14, 2020

Applications DUE                 

Monday, August 17, 2020 by 3:00PM Pacific Time

Award Announcement          

October 2020

Grant Period                          

January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022


Award Announcement
The California Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce the awards for SB1.

Award Announcement

Technical Assistance funding opportunities will be released late 2019/early 2020.

Senate Bill No. 1: The Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017

SB 1 Guidelines
Standards for pre-apprenticeship in the construction sector. Developed pursuant to SB 1, these construction pre-apprenticeship standards are applicable across industry segments, policy areas, and workforce investments.

For information and updates on SB 1, please contact HRCC@CWDB.CA.GOV



Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act

Since 2014, the California Workforce Development Board has invested $13.3M of Proposition 39 Clean Energy Job Creation funds to build twelve construction pre-apprenticeship partnerships across the state. These pilot projects – the backbone of the CWDB High Road Construction Careers initiative – are creating a coherent system of energy efficiency focused job-training and placement programs serving disadvantaged Californians. Prop 39 partnerships build regional pipelines to middle class careers for at-risk youth, women, justice-involved, and other disadvantaged or under-represented job seekers. Using the National Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), these pilots have prepared more than 2,500 disadvantaged Californians for a future in construction careers. Partnering with local Building Trades Councils (BTCs) and the state certified apprenticeship community, Prop 39 programs bring together community, education and workforce organizations to create the critical link between pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. Graduates earn an industry-valued credential and are connected to joint-labor management State Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Prop 39 Annual Report (2019) 

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