On May 7, 2019, Broward County
Board of County Commissioners enacted a new ordinance establishing
Apprenticeship participation requirements on County construction contracts over
$2 million. The ordinance was effective
August 6, 2019 and requires contractors bidding on applicable County
construction projects to participate in an apprenticeship program registered
with the Florida Department of Education or the United
States Department of Labor. Each
contractor must allocate at least 12% of labor hours for apprenticeships.
The Florida Department of Education Apprenticeship Office is the agency
responsible for administering the Apprenticeship Programs and can be reached at:
Apprenticeship Office, c/o Dave Thomas Education Center
180 S.W. 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
What is The Intent of The Program?
There is a shortage of skilled
labor for construction projects. This shortage of labor could result in delays,
expenses, and other challenges to the County's future construction projects.
Apprenticeships create opportunities for training and experience that will assist
in ensuring that a trained workforce will be available for future County
construction projects. By requiring contactors to use apprentices for County
construction contracts, it is the intent of the County to increase the number
of apprentices used by contractors, creating opportunities that will enable
these apprentices to develop into more skilled labor that will then be
available for County construction projects.
The program requires
contractors bidding on applicable County construction projects to participate
in an apprenticeship program registered with the Florida Department of
Education or the United States Department of Labor.
Required Documentation for Contractors
The contractor is required to prepare and submit for the duration of the construction contract:
accurate and timely records identifying the name, address, trade classification, whether the worker is an apprentice
the labor hours of all workers used by the contractor and each subcontractor on the construction project
the cumulative number of hours worked on the project to date by apprentices
the contractor must require that each of its subcontractors prepare and maintain, for submittal by the contractor to the County, accurate and timely records identifying the name, address, trade classification, and labor hours for apprentices used by the subcontractors on the construction project.