Intermediaries and Technical Support

Intermediaries are an important component in the development of new apprenticeship programs as well as the expansion of smaller existing programs. They are able to comfortably work in the space between the employer, the educational provider and federal or state agencies. Intermediaries bring different skill sets and are able to support community colleges, employers and other stakeholders with expertise in the following areas (and more):

  • Development and approval by the DAS and/or DOL of apprenticeship standards
  • Employer recruitment and engagement
  • Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship curriculum and training, including Related and Supplemental/Technical Instruction as needed
  • Industry specific apprenticeship development, under contract with the DOL or other agencies
  • Act as the program sponsor, enabling employers and educational providers the ability to focus on what they do best, without handling administrative paperwork
  • Train potential program sponsors in the administration of apprenticeship programs, acting as “training wheels” to allow the sponsor to take over the administration over time.

The US Department of Labor contracts or provides grant funding to many intermediaries, who in turn work with educators, employers and others to develop new programs. A list of those current intermediaries can be found here: DOL Active Grants and Contracts –

Technical Support: 

Intermediaries currently active in California, some also connected to the DOL contracts above and others working independently:

There are others looking to participate in California, if you have questions about any of the above, please contact John Dunn to discuss more.