ARTICLE 9 – APPRENTICES
1. The University and the Union may jointly establish a State of California certified apprenticeship program as needed, that will involve coordinated work experience and vocational education.
2. Two bargaining unit members, not from same trade, will be released for four (4) hours/month beginning with the ratification of this agreement to share information and develop standards. The University & SETC will develop written apprentice standards for a UC Merced craft apprenticeship program by the expiration of this agreement. The due date may be extended by mutual agreement. Once the apprenticeship standards are finalized, the apprentice standards shall be attached to the agreement, as Appendix K. The apprenticeship program will be implemented at the sole discretion of the University based upon the availability of funding and resources.