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What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are employer-driven models of paid worker training that combine on-the-job learning and classroom instruction, and follow an earn-while-you learn model that leads to a national credential.


Why a Registered Apprenticeship Program?

The purpose of the registered apprenticeship program is to enable employers to develop and apply industry standards to training programs for registered apprentices that can increase productivity and improve the quality of the workforce. By providing on-the-job training, related classroom instruction, and guaranteed wage structures, employers who sponsor apprentices provide incentives to attract and retain more highly qualified employees and improve productivity.

Who are Sponsors?

Sponsors can include, but are not limited to: unions, non-unions, individual employers, groups of employers, industry associations, workforce investment boards, community colleges and universities, and the military. Sponsors select individuals to become an apprentice.

​Existing Registered Apprenticeships Programs in Broward County includes:

  • Florida East Coast Electrical JATC
  • South Florida Carpenters JATTF
  • Broward County Plumbers & Pipefitters JAC
  • Fire Sprinkler Fitters JAC
  • Piledrivers & Divers Highway JAC
  • South Florida Operating Engineers JATC
  • South Florida Ironworkers
  • ABC Institute, Inc.
  • Advanced Education Apprenticeship
  • Masonry Association of Florida, Inc.
  • Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority
  • School Board of Broward County Physical Plant Operations
  • United Service Training
  • Florida Training Services, Inc.
  • South Florida Manufacturing Association

Five Core Components of a Registered Apprenticeship:

  • Employer Involvement: Employers assess skills needed by their workforce, and sponsors apprentices accordingly
  • Structured On-the-Job Learning: Apprentices work full-time (40 hours per week) during the day learning the skills of the trade with a mentor. Programs last minimum of 1-5 years.
  • Related Training Instruction: A minimum of 144 hours per year of related supplemental instruction is required in technical subjects related to the occupation. Classes usually offered twice per week at nights.
  • Rewards for Skills Gained: Apprentices earn a progressive wage – as skills are gained, wages increase (usually every 6 months).
  • National Occupational Credential: A Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate and appropriate credentials awarded at end of program.


For more information on how to start an Apprenticeship at your organization, fill out the form below to schedule a meeting with our apprenticeship team.
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