Florida Apprenticeship Training laws & HR compliance analysis

Florida Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program that combines classroom instruction or education with work performance under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. Florida's apprenticeship program is governed by the state Department of Education, which is responsible for the development of the apprenticeship and preapprenticeship uniform minimum standards for apprenticeable trades. The department also assists district school boards and community colleges in developing preapprenticeship programs, enforces apprenticeship standards, approves apprenticeship agreements, and generally works to assist employers.
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An apprenticeable occupation is:
• A skilled trade that is normally learned through on-the-job training
• Commonly recognized throughout an industry
• Involves mechanical or technical skills and knowledge and related instruction to supplement the on-the-job training
Under state law, an apprentice must be at least 16 years old and have entered into an agreement with a sponsor (an employer, association of employers, or a local joint apprenticeship committee). The program must conform to the applicable provisions of Florida law; the training must be in an apprenticeable occupation.
Registration. The employer must register an apprenticeship program with the state Office of Apprenticeship. This generally entails filing a description of the employer's program and a copy of a standard apprenticeship agreement signed by the employer and the apprentice.
Standards. An apprenticeship program must be an organized, written plan, embodying the terms and conditions of the program (FL Admin. Code Sec. 6A-23.004).
Apprenticeship standards must contain provisions regarding:

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