"Earn while you learn" is the philosophy of Santa Fe's Apprenticeship Program. The construction industry needs electricians, carpenters, plumbers, and A/C and heating technicians. Because of this demand, worlds of opportunity open to those who learn a valuable trade through one of these apprenticeships. Expect to earn a good salary while working up to the level of journeyperson.
Apprenticeships provide the individual who is working in the field an opportunity to learn the technical aspects of a trade in the classroom while applying this knowledge on the job. The combination of these two aspects prepares the apprentice to advance through the trade at an accelerated rate. Apprentices earn a guaranteed wage throughout the training with incremental raises at various stages in the program.
Students attend class two nights a week during the fall and spring terms. The length of most of the programs is four years with the exception of carpentry, which is two years. Classroom activities in conjunction with on-the-job training prepare the students to perform as tradespersons upon completion. Students not currently employed in the field will be helped in seeking employment with sponsoring contractors. The program is sponsored by the Builders Association of North Central Florida.