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Under our Community Benefits Agreement with electric bus manufacturer BYD, our community-labor coalition and BYD have committed to developing an Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program (commonly referred to as a pre-apprenticeship program) to train diverse populations from historically underrepresented populations in the manufacturing industry for quality, skilled union jobs at BYD.

This program will cover the necessary technical, safety, and work-readiness skills for participants with systemic barriers to employment to prepare them to enter the industry through a more comprehensive skills apprenticeship program under development by our labor partners.

This first-of-its-kind program will be launched in April 2020 in Lancaster, California with BYD, SMART Local 105, our community-labor coalition in California, and the County of LA Workforce Development Board.

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