Florida Apprenticeship Grant Program

In 2015, the Florida Apprenticeship Grant was awarded to Broward College, St. Petersburg College, and Florida State College at Jacksonville by the US Department of Labor. The purpose of the grant is to close the workforce skills gap faced by high growth industries in Florida.

Our aim is to develop new programs and expand current Registered Apprenticeship programs in the trades and manufacturing offered at Atlantic Technical College; strengthen employer participation; create outreach models to increase participation e.g. under-represented populations; and accelerate training by articulating apprenticeships to college credits at Broward College. Industries include: Information Technology, Health Care, Manufacturing, Construction and Trades.

Apprenticeship

Employers are facing complex challenges in recruiting, training and retaining skilled workers. According to a report done on the national standards for strong apprenticeships in 2014, "More than 80% of U.S. companies that sponsor apprenticeships say it's an effective strategy for helping them meet their demand for skilled labor".

Benefits for an employer:

  • Gain qualified, skilled workers by training your own staff
  • Boost retention and reduce turnover costs
  • Increase productivity
  • Invest in your company
  • An educated workforce with the option to earn a college degree

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.

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.

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

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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
  • Broward College IT Apprenticeship Program "New"

  • 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.

Benefits of being an apprentice:

Apprentices can fall under two categories: new hires or current employees.

For a job seeker or an unemployed worker to be considered an apprentice you must be first hired and then sponsored by the participating employer. Applicants seeking entrance into a registered apprenticeship program must apply to the registered program sponsor.

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Become an Apprentice

Completion of an apprenticeship program can lead to an associate’s degree at Broward College.
Apprentices have an option to pursue an Associate of Science degree in:

  • Industrial Management Technology - Apprentices can earn 27 college credits for their apprenticeships towards Broward College’s Industrial Management Associate of Science Degree.
  • Engineering Technology- Machinist apprentices has the option to transfer 12 credits into Broward College’s Engineering Technology Associate of Science Degree.

Electricians
Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters
Carpenters
Construction Laborers
Machinists
Painters
Roofer
Fire Sprinkler
Line Maintainer
Sheet Metal Workers
Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers
Computer Programmer
Computer System Analyst
Medical Billing and Coding
Pharmacy Technician

BC IT Apprenticeship Program

What is Broward College IT Apprenticeship Program?

As an "earn and learn" model, apprentices acquire entry level skills to become a qualified IT professional within a partner company. Qualified apprentices are selected by employers and paid an entry level wage, while learning on the job with a mentor and attending related technical instructions at Broward College. Upon completion of the Apprenticeship Program, apprentices will have the option to pursue one of Broward College’s IT degree programs for career advancement.

For Apprentices

Apprentices could be jobseekers, high school graduates, or career changers

Must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has a valid social security number
  • Has a driver’s license
  • Has a reliable transportation
  • Has a High School Diploma/GED
  • Broward County Residence
  • Willingness to learn, disciplined, assertive, passionate.

4 easy steps to advance your career:

  1. Fill out the IT apprentice interest application below
  2. Attend an apprenticeship information session (TBD)
  3. Prepare a resume and interview with employers
  4. Get hired as a Registered Apprentice, attend orientation and begin related instruction at BC

IT apprentice application

For Employers

An apprenticeship can be your talent solution. Apprenticeships provides repeatable, organized framework for recruitment, hiring, onboarding, retaining and advancing your workforce.

  • Cost savings: Hire an apprentice at a percentage of market rate, increasing salaries as skills are gained. Contract with BC and save on recruitment cost.
  • Compliance: Let BC handle the registration and reporting required by the Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Education. We will monitor apprentice success on‐the‐job with your assigned supervisor.
  • Retention: Once apprenticeship is complete, you can permanently hire the apprentice.
  • Diversity: Access a diverse talent base of applicants including underrepresented populations.
  • Training: Apprentices receives front loaded blocks of training in class and then reports to work where they apply what they learn with an assigned mentor on the job. Employers train apprentice specific skills they need for success of that organization.

  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations
  • Consulting firms, corporations, internet‐related companies
  • Non‐profit organizations, software, hardware and systems developers, technical and or managed service providers

  • Wheelhouse IT
  • Hotwire Communications

The minimum starting wage for an entry level IT position is $10 an hour with wage increases as apprentices acquire more skills through the program’s training and on‐the‐job experience.

Interested in participating in the Registered Apprenticeship Program? Fill out the application below:

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This program is funded in whole by a $5 million American Apprenticeship Grant by the U.S. Department of Labor.