Major Hillsborough Effort to Promote Construction Apprenticeships Begins Sept. 1
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2021) - Hillsborough County's Construction Apprenticeship Program takes effect Sept. 1 for all new County-funded construction projects estimated to cost $1 million or more and initiated after Sept. 1. The program is intended to increase the number of skilled workers available for County construction projects by providing opportunities for training and experience that will help ensure that a trained workforce is available in the future.
Hillsborough County bids out millions of dollars in construction projects each year and recognizes the benefits gained with the enhancement of a skilled workforce through the educational opportunities inherent in apprenticeship programs. The Construction Apprenticeship Program requires at least 12% of labor hours on projects that meet the program's criteria be performed by apprentices employed by the contractor or subcontractor.
With certain exceptions, vendors bidding on construction projects estimated to cost $1 million or more must certify that they will participate in an apprenticeship program registered with the Florida Department of Education or the U.S. Department of Labor. The requirement also applies to subcontractors. If a Florida Department of Education or U.S. Department of Labor program for that trade does not exist, a company may be allowed to use a company-sponsored training program or an industry certification training program.
The County is offering a 1-hour online training session regarding the Construction Apprenticeship Program beginning this week. The training sessions are free, but advance registration is required. The vendor training sessions will cover bid submission and required documents, program reporting requirements, circumstances under which exemptions could be granted, and apprenticeship program resources.
Online training session dates and links to register:
- Thursday, Aug. 26 - 10 to 11 a.m.
- Monday, Aug. 30 - 10 to 11 a.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 2 - 10 to 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 7 - 10 to 11 a.m.