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.
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.