FNGLA’s Nursery & Landscape Apprenticeship program is up and running! If your company is interested in hiring an apprentice, we already have received applications from a number of interested apprentices ready to start their careers in our industry!
Apprenticeship allows individuals to learn a skilled occupation while being gainfully employed, so they “learn why they earn." Unlike an intern, the apprentice is a permanent employee, and both parties agree to salary increases and advancement while the apprentice is in the program. The U.S. Department of Labor reports 91 percent of individuals completing apprenticeships remain with their employer.
FNGLA’s program includes 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 professional 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 wish to participate in one or more of the following ways: (1) you have an employee you wish to register as an apprentice in the program, (2) you wish to recruit an apprentice to your business, or (3) you wish to join the program as an apprentice.
Want to sign up online? Here's a link to the applications:
More information on FNGLA's Apprenticeship program is available on its website.