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In October 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $5 Million grant to Florida State College of Jacksonville. The Florida Apprenticeship Grant, led by FSCJ, in partnership with St. Petersburg College and Broward College, works with businesses and other partners to enhance workers’ job skills and to close the employment gap specifically faced by Manufacturing, Information Technology, Healthcare and Construction/Trades industries across Florida. The Grant promotes growth and expansion of quality, sustainable and innovative apprenticeship programs.

A total of 1,000 new apprentices will be served through this five year grant program. With special efforts focused on veterans, their eligible spouses, minorities and females.


  1. Are Employer Driven – apprenticeships are structured training programs where the employer invests in select new or existing employees, preparing and encouraging them to build a career in the company
  2. Include On-the-Job Learning – apprenticeships include structured on-the-job training including structured mentoring from veteran employees
  3. Contain Related Instruction – One hundred forty-four (144) hours of classroom training is required per year
  4. Must Incorporate Annual Wage Increases – structured wage increases based on hours and/or competencies earned must be written into the Apprenticeship Agreement
  5. Result in National Credentials – the outcome of completion of an apprenticeship is the earning of a nationally recognized credential from the Department of Labor certifying the apprentice is competent in the occupation