What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is career education combining on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship usually lasts about 4 years. During this time, the apprentice works under the supervision and guidance of a journey person. ACT gives students a jump on their four-year apprenticeship while in high school by completing the first year.

Student Information

How can our schools get involved and start a program?

Please contact the ACT office for more information. We will be happy to guide you in the right direction in promoting construction careers for your students.

Who do I contact if I am still in school?

Students should may contact the careers and technical program specialist in their county listed below. These coordinators will be able to guide you and answer any questions you or your parents may have about the program. You may also contact the ACT office.

Orange County Public Schools / Candice Mixon or Shayla Mack / 407-317-3200

Osceola County District Schools / John DeRosa / 407-870-4600

Seminole County Public Schools / Gene Tavares / 407-320-0171

What if I already graduated from high school?

For people that are no longer in high school, the same opportunities may be available in many of the adult apprenticeship programs in your area of career interest. You can contact your local vocational school and request information on their adult apprenticeship programs.  A list of  registered apprenticeship programs is listed in our PROGRAM NEWS section.

What are the opportunities in this career?

Please review the Career Paths for each trade area. This flow chart was developed by industry representatives of Central Florida.

How much do I get paid?

Students are currently paid $11.00/hr. Students are also eligible to receive standard employee benefits as they begin full-time employment after graduation.

Who will hire me?

Each school year an interview date is set in April for students and ACT sponsored construction employers (General Contractors & Sub-Contractors) to get together. Students will come prepared with a resume for each employer at the interview. Current ACT employers that wish to employee a student for summer on-the job-training will be present on this day to interview. After the interviews take place, each employer will notify ACT with a list of whom they would like to hire. Employment begins when school is out for the summer.

When do I begin on-the-job training?

Employment begins during the summer for students 16 years of age or older.

What do I learn in the classroom?

This breaks down to 5-15 hours each week in specific curriculum related to construction trades. Basic safety, basic trade math, introduction to hand and power tools, introduction to blueprints, CPR, First Aid and 10 hour OSHA certification.

When can I start?

Your school will determine the registration period for the following year’s classes.

What are the qualifications for acceptance into the ACT apprenticeship program?

The following lists the minimum qualifications for students to be involved in the ACT program.

The student:

  1. must be 16 years of age.
  2. be on track for graduation.
  3. has completed and submitted an ACT student application.
  4. must agree to substance abuse testing, if required by employer.
  5. must maintain a 2.0 GPA once enrolled.
  6. must have transportation to and from job site once employed.

Contractors/Industry/Business Information

Incentives for Contractors to get Involved.

  1. Quality Work Force
  2. Reduced Recruiting Costs
  3. Trained/Skilled Employee
  4. Less Cost for Training and Wage Cost Subsistence
  5. Proven Work Ethic
  6. Less Attrition
  7. High Productivity and Better Quality Products
  8. And more…

Membership advantages for Contractors and Business Leaders.

  1. Participate in student interview, selection, and placement process.
  2. Active participant in program development.
  3. Access to National and State publications and resources.
  4. Marketing advantages.
  5. May satisfy Pre-bid qualifications.
  6. Networking opportunities

Are students covered by Workers Compensation?

Minors can be employed and covered by workers compensation if all of the conditions of the Child Labor Laws are met, including obtaining a Student-Learner Exemption Agreement.

After meeting all these requirements a minor that is legally employed would be covered by workers compensation.

Students that are enrolled in the Academy of Construction Technologies receive a Student-Learner Exemption Agreement. This agreement is in compliance with the Child Labor Laws.

Can students work in Construction under 18 years old?

Yes! A “student-learner” is one who is enrolled in a course of study and training in a coopertive vocational training program under a recognized State or Local educational authority or in a course of study in a substantially similar program conducted by a private school.

The Academy of Construction Technologies has a “Student-Learner Exemption Agreement” that is used for students that are not yet 18 years of age to work in construction.

The Child Labor Law Hazardous Occupation, Student-Learner Exemption Agreement may only be executed in approved School To Work (STW) programs that provide specific skills training and result in placement of students in employment specifically related to that training. This waiver agreement only applies to 16 and 17-year old student-learners and specific occupations.

The Academy of Construction Technologies is a State registered Youth/Pre-Apprenticeship program. Students enrolled in the ACT youth/pre-apprenticeship program can be employed in specific occupations declared hazardous by the Florida Child Labor Law.

County Information

What are the steps to begin a program like ACT?

How it began…

In May of 1992, the Academy of Construction Trades (ACT),re-named to Academy of Construction Technologies, was formed. ACT is a consortium of several Central Florida Construction Trade Associations, Business and Industry Partners both union and non-union.
The consortium is dedicated to a partnership with government and the School Boards of Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties to “Train our Future Work Force Today!”

During the past few years ACT has positioned itself as a leader and model for the State of Florida in youth/pre-apprenticeship training for high school students in construction careers.
Below are the steps that were used to develop the ACT program. We hope this will give you a guide to start with.

  1. Confirm the need for trade apprenticeship occupations.
  2. Develop industry/employee/education group support.
  3. Formulate a comprehensive development plan.
  4. Have a plan approved.
  5. Secure funding commitment.
  6. Apply for State Program Registration.
  7. Research requirements for the Child Labor Law.
  8. Arrange for a facility, equipment and supplies.
  9. Develop a marketing plan to reach the parents, students, counselors, school administrators and contractors.
  10. Select an instructional staff.
  11. Publicize and enroll youth/pre-apprentices.
  12. Secure sponsors.
  13. Develop a program monitoring plan.
  14. Start the program.

Please contact the ACT office for more information. We will be happy to guide you in the right direction in promoting construction careers for your students.

Additional Program Information

  1. ACT Bylaws
  2. Program Requirements
  3. State Standards