The California Department of Education’s Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Workforce Training Initiative aims to support the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry. By connecting public high school career technical education programs to youth apprenticeships and career training opportunities in the entertainment industry, studios and hiring entities can help provide access for young people from under-resourced communities. AME Grant Programs will serve as pilot sites for this initiative. The AME Workforce Training Initiative will focus on serving Title I schools, schools serving under-resourced communities, and Juvenile Court and Community School programs.

Target Sectors:

  • Commercial Music and Professional Audio
  • Animation, Game Design and VFX
  • Set, Stage and Live Event Production (Below the Line)

Objectives: 

To establish an arts, media and entertainment workforce training and registered youth apprenticeship program that provides early career awareness, exploration, preparation and training opportunities for youth (ages 16-24) in partnership with mentors, hiring entities, and career technical education (CTE) teachers. 

Implementation Concept:

PHASE I High School CTE program (2-3 years) 16-18

  • Classroom instruction and hands-on training
  • Work-based learning experiences (Guest speakers, mentors, job-shadows, summer internships) facilitated by intermediaries
  • Certification Application for phase 2

PHASE 2 Post-High School CTE program (1-2 years) 18-24

  • Job-site summer work-place skills training program
  • Paid internship and mentorship

PHASE 3 – Job placement and full time hire

Please contact afrenzel@cde.ca.gov for more information

Participating Schools and Partners

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