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Construction Apprenticeship Program

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:

Valvery Hillsman, ATR
Apprenticeship Office, c/o Dave Thomas Education Center
180 S.W. 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, Florida  33060
Tel: 754-321-6780
Fax: 754-321-6781
valvery.hillsman@fldoe.org



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.



Program Requirements

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.
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