FNGLA was recently awarded a grant from the Florida Department of Education to assist in the development of its Nursery & Landscape Apprenticeship Program. Set to launch summer 2020, this program is a way for employers to train current employees and attract new ones.
Apprenticeship allows individuals to learn a skilled occupation while being gainfully employed, so they “learn why they earn”. The apprentice is a permanent employee, unlike an intern, and both parties agree to salary increases and advancement while the apprentice is in the program. The Department of Labor reports 91 percent of individuals completing apprenticeships remain with their employer.
FNGLA’s program will include a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of technical instruction. Core components include the fundamentals of horticulture, suitable for employees in all aspects of Florida’s nursery and landscape industry. Participants can then specialize in landscape, irrigation or horticulture. Not only will they earn FNGLA’s certifications, they will also be awarded a nationally-recognized Certified of Apprenticeship.
The goal is to recruit top-notch apprentices and maintain the high standards needed to build Florida’s workforce through a highly successful Nursery & Landscape Apprenticeship Program.
Contact Merry Mott at FNGLA if you would like to participate in one or more of the following ways: 1) you have an employee you would like to register as an apprentice in the program, 2) you would like to recruit an apprentice to your business, or 3) you would like to join the program as an apprentice.