California League of Food Processors 29 existing industrial maintenance mechanics programs. The skill stan- dards can also be used by employers to cross reference their existing KSA’s. Essential Workplace Skills training is a fee based training solution that was developed based on the feedback received from employ- ers, mainly from the Visalia Industrial Park employers. The training is delivered at employer site by the Training Resource Center, College of the Sequoias. The project was a collaborative project between the Visalia Economic Development Corporation and the Tulare County Workforce Development Board, who provided the funding for the training, City of Visalia and other stakeholders. Soft skill training and front-line supervisory training are some of the trainings that are offered by several regional colleges. You have been working to establish apprenticeship programs in food processing industry. How does that work and how can interested companies develop their own programs? Companies interested in establishing their own apprenticeship programs can contact their Deputy Sector Navigator, who can assist them from beginning to the end by working with their local community college and the Department of Apprenticeship Standards. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office administers over $22 million annually for Related and Supplemental Instruction (RSI) for registered apprentices in California. The funding supports classroom instruction for apprentices, which is a requirement for apprentices in addition to on-the-job training (OJT). There are five components to typical apprenticeship programs. These include: ■ Business Involvement Employers are the foundation of every apprenticeship program. They play an active role in building the program and remain involved every step of the way. Employers frequently work together through apprenticeship councils, industry associa- tions or other partnerships to share the administrative tasks involved in maintaining apprenticeship programs. ■ Structured On-the-Job Training Apprenticeships always include an OJT component. Apprentices Companies interested in establishing their own apprenticeship programs can contact their Deputy Sector Navigator, who can assist them from beginning to the end by working with their local community college and the Department of Apprenticeship Standards. Advanced Manufacturing