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Apprenticeship Program

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What is an apprentice?

A person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer having agreed to work for a fixed period at predefined wages that advance at regular intervals.  Apprentices work for companies that have prearranged agreements with the Public Works Academy.  Apprentices earn on-the-job training at their work site while at the same time learning theory and general practices from their schooling.

Want to learn more above apprenticeship programs, check out Apprenticeship.GOV

Looking for a job with an apprenticeship component, check out Apprenticeship.GOV’s Apprenticeship Job-Finder.

Interested in what Registered Apprenticeships are available through the Florida Department of Education.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the authorizing legislation for workforce development programs administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). WIOA funding is allotted to states based on a formula and are typically administered through local Workforce Development Boards.

WIOA is supportive of Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP). Local Workforce Development Boards can help finance the primary components of RAP including on-the-job training, related training instruction (RTI), and supportive services, if the individuals (apprentices or prospective apprentices) are eligible for WIOA services as a qualified Adult, Dislocated Worker, or Youth as defined by WIOA criteria.

To find out more about WIOA in your state or county, please visit our Partner Finder to locate the Workforce Development Board and American Job Center near you.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Registered apprenticeship programs 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. Apprentices who complete registered apprenticeship programs are accepted by the industry as journeymen. 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. Certifications earned through registered apprenticeship programs are recognized nationwide.

The Public Works Academy provides apprenticeship programs that support our local government agencies. We do so in the areas of Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Roadway Technician, Meter Repairer and Pipefitter (Stormwater, Wastewater Collection and Potable/Drinking Water Distribution). In fact, we can create a program for your agency based on the state apprenticeship regulations.

These programs are 4 years in length and have two educational components. The first part is the in-class instruction that must equal or exceed 144 hours. This training can occur at Pinellas Technical College or at your location. The second component is the on-the-job training that these employees receive back at their place of employment.

Is your company or government agency interested in creating an Apprenticeship Program?

The Public Works Academy can work with your company or government agency to create and provide apprenticeship training for your employees.  This cost of this apprenticeship program is covered by the State of Florida Department of Education.

Other programs at Public Works Academy at Pinellas Technical College

Cadet Program

Continuing Education Program

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