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$1.75 million to support apprenticeship expansion in Florida

Staff Writer |
Governor Ron DeSantis announced $1.75 million to help Floridians acquire the skills needed for in-demand occupations through new and expanded apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs across Florida.

The Apprenticeship Expansion Grants may be used to develop or expand Registered Apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs and cover costs such as on-the-job-training, related instruction, curriculum development and outreach to underrepresented populations.

The grant program was created and funded by the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors.

CareerSource Florida, in partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Department of Education, reviewed applications submitted by local workforce development boards and selected the following projects for funding:

CareerSource Brevard In collaboration with the county’s school district, creates a pre-apprenticeship program to support building and construction trades

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion Enhances existing pre-apprenticeship program at Marion Technical College to increase participation among underrepresented populations and creates a plumbing apprenticeship program at Withlacoochee Technical College

CareerSource North Florida In collaboration with Klausner Lumber One, expands apprenticeship opportunities at a state-of-the-art sawmill in Suwannee County

CareerSource North Central Florida Provides for development of a Registered Apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing for out-of-school youth and a program for ex-offenders to be trained in construction

CareerSource Research Coast Provides for development of a Manufacturing Bootcamp training program serving underrepresented populations in Indian River County; incorporates CNC production training in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Registered Apprenticeship program; and, in collaboration with CareerSource Heartland, creates the CVS Health Pharmacy Technician Registered Apprenticeship program

CareerSource Suncoast Supports the development of three additional apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector to increase participation among underrepresented populations

CareerSource Broward Supports the launch of a high school pre-apprenticeship program focusing on electricity, plumbing, HVAC and carpentry, sponsored by the county’s school board

CareerSource Capital Region Supports the launch of apprenticeships with TalTech Alliance, Lively Technical and Inspired Technologies to train youth in Information Technology

CareerSource Flagler Volusia In partnership with Hudson Technologies, creates apprenticeships to provide opportunities for underrepresented populations

CareerSource Northeast Florida Provides for apprenticeships in collaboration with the Electrical Training Alliance of Jacksonville and employers in electrical/construction sectors

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton In collaboration with Northwest Florida State College, creates apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing

CareerSource Pasco Hernando In collaboration with AmSkills, develops an apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing

CareerSource Pinellas Provides for expansion of apprenticeships in building trades and construction with various partners

CareerSource Palm Beach County In collaboration with the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and Marine Industry Association of Treasure Coast, develops pre-apprenticeship program in the marine sector.

In addition to the marine and other manufacturing industry sectors, CareerSource Florida is prioritizing new and expanded apprenticeships in the high-demand fields of information technology, construction, healthcare and hospitality/leisure.

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