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“Earn While You Learn”   

  Would you like to be paid a salary 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. 

“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 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 Contren Learning Series, kept current by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, is used for the curriculum. It is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor for use in formal apprenticeship programs. Successful completion of each course will be recorded in the National Craft Training Registry and can be transferred to other programs or employers across the nation.

 To find out more about the apprenticeship programs, call Justin MacDougall, 352-395-5251, or email To obtain a list of participating employers or if you are interested in enrolling your employees in the program, contact Gina Hill at the Builders Association of North Central Florida, 352-372-5649.

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.

To learn more about the apprenticeship curriculum, program