The Masonry Association of Florida, Inc. along with the Florida Concrete & Products Association formed an apprentice foundation to add new and expand masonry apprentice programs.
The Florida Masonry Apprentice and Education Foundation, Inc. was created in 2002 to add new and expand existing apprenticeship programs and offer education to the masonry industry. The Mission of the Foundation is to coordinate and provide education of the masonry trade. The strategic goals of the Foundation are:
- Increase activities to coordinate education and conduct skill building training to
the masonry, specifying and construction industries.
- Increase education efforts about apprenticeship to Florida legislators, Department of Education, the Agency for Workforce Innovation and local Workforce Development Boards.
- Maintain the current apprenticeship feeder systems such as pre-apprenticeship, Workforce Development and community based programs.
The FMAEF is an Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS) for NCCER and sponsors over 100 high school and post-secondary programs along with programs in Juvenile Justice, Youth Build, Department of Corrections, and other re-entry programs. These “pre-apprentice” training opportunities are the basis for the Florida Pathways to Apprenticeship Program.
The Masonry Association of Florida and the Florida Masonry Apprentice & Educational Foundation are aggressively addressing the opportunity to recruiting and training new masons for our industry. Currently, there are ten apprentice programs running throughout the state with approximately 200 apprentices enrolled. However, these efforts are not enough to keep up with the demand of the masonry trade to keep our industry viable and competitive. It is estimated that 300-500 new masons per year are needed to support demand and address attrition.
Brad Kibbe is the Executive Director of Apprenticeship for the Florida Masonry Apprenticeship and Educational Foundation (FMAEF). The FMAEF partners with LEA’s, colleges, Department of Corrections, and contractors to provide apprenticeship programs that train and employ apprentices across Florida. The FMAEF was awarded the 2018 National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Career Pathways Excellence award.
Brad worked with the Osceola County School District for eleven years as a construction teacher and CTE program specialist focusing on industrial education, STEM and Career Pathways. Brad is an NCCER Master Trainer and certified OSHA instructor.
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