Apprenticeship Program


Build a Career and Earn While You Learn

Would you like to be paid to work full-time while your employer pays for your education? Apprenticeship opportunities are available in Carpentry, Electrical, Heating & Air Conditioning, and Plumbing through the Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF) Apprenticeship Program and Santa Fe College, where classes are held. Apprentices will make over $80,000 during their 4-year employment in the electrical, heating and air conditioning, or plumbing trade and $40,000 for carpentry, which is a 2-year program. 

The BANCF Apprenticeship Program has been training our future workforce since 1994.  Many graduates are leaders working for the employers who sponsored them or have started their own businesses.  Some are now instructors in the program passing on their knowledge to future leaders.

BANCF & Santa Fe College are committed to an environment that embraces diversity, respects the rights of all individuals, is open and accessible, and is free of harassment and discrimination based on, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, and veteran status.

Better Trained, Happier Employees

As an employer, you can have a better trained, higher skilled, happier employee who is more likely to stay with you by sponsoring him/her in the Apprenticeship Program.  An employee who is working towards a better future is more likely to be more satisfied in their job and will stay longer. For a low tuition fee per year, your employee would have the opportunity to attend class at the Charles R. Perry Construction Institute at Santa Fe College two nights a week for craft training specific to the trade they are in, either Electrical, HVAC, Carpentry, or Plumbing.  And, they would receive the required on-the-job training while working for you.


To qualify for the apprenticeship program, you must be at least 18 years of age, and work for a participating employer (a BANCF-member contractor in one of the available trades). A high school diploma or G.E.D. is not required.

It is completely at the contractor’s discretion which employees are offered the apprenticeship program.  To enroll an apprentice, the employer must be a BANCF member, pay the annual tuition for the apprentice and agree to provide on-the-job training and support for the apprentice.  The apprentice agrees to attend class two times each week during fall and spring semesters, while gaining on-the-job training during the day. Textbook costs are the responsibility of the apprentice.  Starting pay is based on 55% of the current journeyman rate in each relevant trade, with raises of 5% of that rate given for every 1000 hours of on-the-job training. 


The BANCF Apprenticeship Program uses the national recognized NCCER and the Mike Holt Enterprises curriculum which are both constantly updated to reflect the latest technology advances in the industry.  And, a strong emphasis is placed on current codes and regulations.


Apprentices are only accepted into the program once a year but BANCF Member employers hire new employees all year and are evaluating which ones show interest and initiative to potentially be sponsored in the apprenticeship program.  If you are already working for one of the BANCF Member Employers, let your supervisor know you are interested in apprenticeship. And, if you are interested and are looking for a job, start contacting employers now.

To find out more about the different trades in the apprenticeship program, contact Justin MacDougall,, or click here. If you are a contractor interested in enrolling your employees in the program, contact Sara Emmanuel at the Builders Association of North Central Florida, 352-372-5649.

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