Oregon Statutes - Chapter 344 - Career and Professional Technical Education; Rehabilitation; Adult Literacy - Section 344.745 - Youth apprenticeship, training and work based learning programs; number of participants; qualifications; guidelines; credit.

(1) The State Apprenticeship and Training Council and the Department of Education shall establish youth apprenticeship and training and work based learning programs to provide occupational skill training for up to 2,000 individual high school students in each biennium. Notwithstanding the limitation on the number of program participants, the department and the Bureau of Labor and Industries may increase the number of participants if federal funds become available for such an increase. In the building and construction trades industries, there shall be a maximum of 100 youth apprentices or trainees per biennium. However, the council has the authority to increase the number of youth apprentices in building and construction trades on the basis of demonstrated industry need.

(2) Participating students must be 16 years of age or older and must be enrolled in a high school professional technical program that is applicable to the specific youth apprenticeship and training or work based learning program for which they are applying. Students must demonstrate mastery of the essential competencies contained in an approved career exploration curriculum prior to being registered as a youth apprentice or trainee. In licensed trades for building and construction and for the operation of equipment and machinery defined as hazardous, on-the-job training for students 16 or 17 years of age may be simulated cooperatively at a training site.

(3) Participating schools shall develop and maintain a list of students eligible for youth apprenticeship and training programs. In a cooperative effort, school districts, education service districts and local apprenticeship and training committee members shall review and select students for participation from the list of eligible students established under this subsection.

(4) Employers under ORS 660.002 to 660.210 shall cooperate with the State Director of Apprenticeship and Training through the applicable apprenticeship committee to develop training guidelines consistent with youth apprenticeship and training standards for a specific trade. The guidelines shall provide listing of work processes and related training to be done that will permit the student to acquire necessary skills. The employer, school and youth apprentice shall evaluate monthly the studentís progress in high school curriculum, related training and on-the-job training.

(5) No registered youth apprentice or trainee shall displace a regular employee of an approved employer. [1991 c.859 §1; 1993 c.45 §257; 1993 c.765 §27]

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