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Customer Spotlight: Builders Association of North Central Florida

BANCF works to train, develop and place program participants within the building industry trades helping to jumpstart any apprentices career.

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Sovann Boyd

Sovann Boyd

Digital Marketing Specialist @ ApprentiScope

 

 

As many companies and organizations throughout the country continue to deal with the repercussions provided by the COVID-19 Pandemic many of them are finding it extremely difficult to find and recruit skilled workers for their workforce. One program working hard to combat these shortages by providing its participants with a strong pathway to employment is The Builders Association of North Central Florida Apprenticeship Program. This program works to help train, develop and place program participants within the building industry trades by providing on-the-job training and networking opportunities to jumpstart any apprentices career. 

Here at ApprentiScope, we have the amazing opportunity to be able to have The Builders Association of North Central Florida as one of our customers and had the chance to talk with their Executive Officer & Training Director Sara Emmanuel about the aspects of their program and the direction its currently heading. 



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BANCF was founded in Gainesville Florida in 1955 by a group of building pioneers including Clark Butler, George Gaston, Fred Mason, Walter Stubbs, Harold Walker, and A.W. Fletcher. The first meetings were held in a small sales office owned by several of the builders. The Builders Association of North Central Florida currently works within the residential and commercial building industry and provides services for all members by supporting the freedom to operate as entrepreneurs in an open and competitive environment.

The apprenticeship program works as a membership-type organization and advocacy program for anyone involved within the building industry. The program works in partnership with the city of Gainesville so that certain laws and regulations affecting their industry can align with the apprenticeship program's goals. Under BANCF’s current apprenticeship umbrella they provide programs in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and carpentry. 

 

“When we were going through the pandemic and everything was shut down, construction is still essential so if we ever go through this again everyone's going to need an electrician everyone will still need a plumber. So you will still be able employed and still be able to make a paycheck and take care of your family”.

Sara Emmanuel, Executive Officer & Training Director at Building Association of North Central Florida



BANCF’s Electrical and Plumbing apprenticeships span over a 4-year time frame while their carpentry apprenticeship lasts 2 years. Once an apprentice is enrolled in the program they immediately start tracking their on-the-job training hours as well as their related technical instruction which Santa Fe College provides. To graduate from their program, apprentices will have to go on and complete 1000 hours of on-the-job training hours as well as meet the requirements for grades, and attendance to complete their apprenticeship.

 

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Throughout their apprenticeship, every program participant within the program will have their tuition completely paid for by their employer allowing for participants to exit the program with zero debt. After a participant reaches the third year they have the opportunity to take their journey mans license. Which then allows them to go on and work outside the apprenticeship program.

Once an apprentice completes their program they are not leaving empty-handed as they will leave with several certifications that will go on to help them further down the line in their career. Each apprentice who goes on to complete and graduate from the program will receive both a state recognized as well as a nationally recognized certification of completion. On top of these certifications, each apprentice will have the opportunity to earn college credit from their work through the program's partnership with Santa Fe College. For the carpentry program, participants will be able to earn up to 14 credit hours and 12 credit hours for their other three programs. 



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After talking with Sara about the ins and outs of BANCF’s program we shifted focus to her vision for the future and what it has taken to get to their level of success. When asked what significant obstacles the program may have experienced previously and if she had any advice for a program just starting she responded, 

 

“I think one of the biggest problems for me when I first started out three years ago was not having a program or software like ApprentiScope. We have representatives within the state of Florida that we report to and they say all the time that's the number one question they always get. Is there anything out there that can help us keep track of all this”.

Sara Emmanuel, Executive Officer & Training Director at Building Association of North Central Florida



With that said her advice to future programs who are just starting is that when you are just starting it may be slightly difficult to get your program off the ground but take advantage of some of the current resources within an apprenticeship network that has “been there done that” as taking advantage of some of these resources can be significant factors in your learning. Emmanuel also believes that having a good partnership with your RTI provider is also extremely important as having good instructors who can create lasting relationships with their students can be a game-changing experience for many participants. 



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Moving into her future goals in aspirations for BANCF’s program Emmanuel above all wants to be able to expand out across the state of Florida so that they can support the bandwidth to serve as many people in the community as possible. Emmanuel would also like to continue to build more partnerships within the program not just for funding purposes but also to find resources that will help start the process of changing the overall mindset around apprenticeships by showing just how important these programs can be.

Emmanuel believes that now that there are not as many career tech programs in schools today it’s really hard to get young people exposed to the trades so getting in early in their education and being able to show them the different aspects of a trade can be beneficial when it comes to recruiting. 

Finally, we rounded out our interview with Sara by asking her how our team at ApprentiScope is helping BANCF’s program achieve these goals. 

 

She responded with, 

 

Through ApprentiScope to be able to just click all of your new apprentices and hit one button and it generates and downloads all those government forms with all their information that's required oh my goodness game-changer for me. I have so much time all I have to do now is just to go through and make sure everything came over ok I get the guys to review their information sign it and boom done”. 

Sara Emmanuel, Executive Officer & Training Director at Building Association of North Central Florida

 

 

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