Earn and Learn Career Pathways through Registered Apprenticeship

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

The Registered Apprenticeship system has been utilized to meet the needs of America’s skilled workforce for over 75 years. It is a unique, flexible training system that combines job related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. Registered Apprenticeship is a leader in preparing American workers to compete in a global 21st Century economy because the system keeps pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development.

The Registered Apprenticeship system provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high- paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers.

Registered Apprenticeship is highly active in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, but it is also instrumental in the training and development of emerging industries such as healthcare, energy, and homeland security.

It’s an Immediate Job

Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient on the job. Apprenticeships range from one to six years, but the majority are four years in length. In 2011, more than 130,000 individuals nationwide became apprentices.

It’s On-the-Job Learning and Education

The “Earn and Learn” training model of Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. Related instruction, technical training or other certified training is provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and/or institutions employing distance and computer-based learning approaches. The goal is to provide workers with advanced skillsets that meet the specific needs of employers.

It’s a Credential

Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, participants receive an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency, is portable, and can provide a pathway to the middle class. In many cases, these programs provide apprentices with the opportunity to simultaneously obtain secondary and post-secondary degrees. In 2011, over 55,000 participants nationwide graduated from a Registered Apprenticeship program.

What are the Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship?

The Registered Apprenticeship system provides a wide array of benefits.

For apprentices, benefits include:

  • Improved skills and competencies that meet the specific needs of the employer
  • Incremental wage increases as their skills improve
  • On-the-job training and occupation focused education
  • Career advancement
  • Industry issued, nationally recognized credentials
  • Articulation agreements between certain apprenticeship training programs and 2- and 4-year colleges that create opportunities for college credit and future degrees

For employers, benefits include:

  • Customized training that results in highly skilled employees trained to industry/employer specifications
  • Increased productivity and knowledge transfer due to on-the-job learning from an assigned mentor combined with related technical instruction
  • Enhanced retention 87 percent of program completers in 2011 were still employed nine months after completing their apprenticeship
  • Emphasis on safety training that may reduce workers’ compensation costs
  • A stable and predictable pipeline for the development of qualified workers
  • Recognition of the training program
  • A systematic approach to training that ensures that employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required for that occupation
  • The ability to conduct a ready assessment of where the employer and employee are in terms of the continuous improvement process
  • A proven training model that allows employers to set the benchmark and the structure that can determine the Return on Investment in training dollars


ABO Apprenticeship ( Coastal Mechanical) Electrical -Journeyman’s License Joanne Stewart; 321-725-3061 x 1606
Advanced Manufacturing  Apprenticeship Program Adv. Mfg.  CNC Machinist-Journeyman Al Stimac; (407) 478-6606
Brevard Air Conditioning Contractors Assoc Heating and AC Donna Tice, EFSC; 321-433-5294
Brevard Electrical  Apprenticeship Electrical Journeyman’s License Lola Giacona; 321-254-0492
H.I.S. PAINTING, INC. INJ Painter Heather Clark, HR Manager; 321-385-9155
S & R Enterprises Central Florida Apprenticeship Program INJ Structural Steel/Ironworker Randy Fry, Chairman;  717-408-0342
Southeast Power Corporation Groundman to Lineman Apprenticeship Program INJ Line Erector (Lineman) Jenni Sapp; 386-333-6451
Space Coast Machinist Apprenticeship Program CNC  Machinist- Journeyman Dr.  Alice Jones; 321-254-8278

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