Florida Senate - 2016 CS for SB 1670
By the Committee on Higher Education; and Senator Bean
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to apprenticeships; amending s.
3 446.021, F.S.; revising definitions; amending ss.
4 446.032 and 446.091, F.S.; conforming provisions to
5 changes made by the act; amending s. 446.092, F.S.;
6 revising the characteristics of apprenticeable
7 occupations; deleting provisions that limit
8 apprenticeable occupations; amending s. 1001.65, F.S.;
9 requiring Florida College System institution
10 presidents to develop and implement articulation
11 agreements with certain apprenticeship programs;
12 providing articulation agreement requirements;
13 amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; providing that a student
14 who completes a certain apprenticeship may be awarded
15 specified credits toward a standard high school
16 diploma under certain circumstances; amending s.
17 1009.25, F.S.; providing that students enrolled in
18 certain apprenticeship programs are exempt from
19 tuition and fees associated with certain courses;
20 creating s. 1011.802, F.S.; creating the Florida
21 Apprenticeship Grant Program within the Department of
22 Education to provide grants to Florida College System
23 institutions for the creation of new apprenticeship
24 programs or the expansion of existing apprenticeship
25 programs; requiring the Division of Career and Adult
26 Education to administer the program; providing
27 requirements related to applications, program
28 priority, use of grant funds, and quarterly reports;
29 creating s. 1011.803, F.S.; creating the Rapid
30 Response Grant Program; providing for the purpose and
31 application requirements of the program; requiring
32 Florida College System institutions that receive
33 grants to provide quarterly reports to the department;
34 providing uses for grant funds; requiring the
35 department to administer and conduct an annual
36 analysis of the program; providing an effective date.
38 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
40 Section 1. Section 446.021, Florida Statutes, is reordered
41 and amended to read:
42 446.021 Definitions of terms used in ss. 446.011-446.092.
43 As used in ss. 446.011-446.092, the term:
(1) “Preapprentice” means any person 16 years of age or
45 over engaged in any course of instruction in the public school
46 system or elsewhere, which course is registered as a
47 preapprenticeship program with the department.
48 (1) (2) “Apprentice” means a person at least 16 years of age
49 who is engaged in learning a recognized skilled trade through
50 actual work experience under the supervision of journeyworker
51 journeymen craftsmen, which training should be combined with
52 properly coordinated studies of related technical and
53 supplementary subjects, and who has entered into a written
54 agreement, which may be cited as an apprentice agreement, with a
55 registered apprenticeship sponsor who may be either an employer,
56 an association of employers, or a local joint apprenticeship
58 (11) (3) “Trainee” means a person at least 16 years of age
59 who is engaged in learning a specific skill, trade, or
60 occupation within a formalized, on-the-job training program.
61 (5) (4) “Journeyworker Journeyman” means a person working in
62 an apprenticeable occupation who has successfully completed a
63 registered apprenticeship program or who has worked the number
64 of years required by established industry practices for the
65 particular trade or occupation. The term includes a mentor,
66 technician, specialist, or other skilled worker who has
67 documented sufficient skills and knowledge of an occupation,
68 either through formal apprenticeship or through practical on
69 the-job experience and formal training.
70 (9) (5) “Preapprenticeship program” means an organized
71 course of instruction in the public school system or elsewhere,
72 which course is designed to prepare a person 16 years of age or
73 older to become an apprentice and which course is approved by
74 and registered with the department and sponsored by a registered
75 apprenticeship program.
76 (2) (6) “Apprenticeship program” means an organized course
77 of instruction, registered and approved by the department, which
78 course shall:
79 (a) Contain all terms and conditions for the
80 qualifications, recruitment, selection, employment, and training
81 of apprentices including such matters as the requirements for a
82 written apprenticeship agreement.
83 (b) Enable learning that may include online courses and
84 remote platforms for distributing training content.
85 (c) Award credit for existing skills and knowledge
86 demonstrated by prior learning assessments, as determined by
87 institution policy on credit for prior learning pursuant to s.
89 (7) “On-the-job training program” means a formalized system
90 of job processes which may be augmented by related instruction
91 that provides the experience and knowledge necessary to meet the
92 training objective of learning a specific skill, trade, or
93 occupation. The training program must be at least 6 months and
94 not more than 2 years in duration and must be registered with
95 the department.
96 (12) (8) “Uniform minimum preapprenticeship standards” means
97 the minimum requirements established uniformly for each craft
98 under which a preapprenticeship program is administered and
99 includes standards of admission, training goals, training
100 objectives, curriculum outlines, objective standards to measure
101 successful completion of the preapprenticeship program, and the
102 percentage of credit which may be given to preapprenticeship
103 graduates upon acceptance into the apprenticeship program.
104 (10) (9) “Related instruction” means an organized and
105 systematic form of instruction designed to provide the
106 apprentice with knowledge of the theoretical subjects related to
107 a specific trade or occupation.
108 (3) (10) “Cancellation” means the deregistration of an
109 apprenticeship program or the termination of an apprenticeship
111 (6) (11) “Jurisdiction” means the specific geographical area
112 for which a particular program is registered.
113 (4) (12) “Department” means the Department of Education.
114 Section 2. Subsection (1) of section 446.032, Florida
115 Statutes, is amended to read:
116 446.032 General duties of the department for apprenticeship
117 training.—The department shall:
118 (1) Establish uniform minimum standards and policies
119 governing apprentice programs and agreements. The standards and
120 policies shall govern the terms and conditions of the
121 apprentice’s employment and training, including the quality
122 training of the apprentice for, but not limited to, such matters
123 as ratios of apprentices to journeyworkers journeymen, safety,
124 related instruction, and on-the-job training; but these
125 standards and policies may not include rules, standards, or
126 guidelines that require the use of apprentices and job trainees
127 on state, county, or municipal contracts. The department may
128 adopt rules necessary to administer the standards and policies.
129 Section 3. Section 446.091, Florida Statutes, is amended to
131 446.091 On-the-job training program.—All provisions of ss.
132 446.011-446.092 relating to apprenticeship and
133 preapprenticeship, including, but not limited to, programs,
134 agreements, standards, administration, procedures, definitions,
135 expenditures, local committees, powers and duties, limitations,
136 grievances, and ratios of apprentices and job trainees to
137 journeyworkers journeymen on state, county, and municipal
138 contracts, shall be appropriately adapted and made applicable to
139 a program of on-the-job training authorized under those
140 provisions for persons other than apprentices.
141 Section 4. Section 446.092, Florida Statutes, is amended to
143 446.092 Criteria for apprenticeship occupations.—An
144 apprenticeable occupation is a skilled trade which possesses all
145 of the following characteristics:
146 (1) It is customarily learned in a practical way through a
147 structured, systematic program of on-the-job, supervised
149 (2) It is commonly recognized throughout the industry or
150 recognized with a positive view towards emerging and evolving
151 changing technology.
152 (3) It typically involves manual, mechanical, or technical
153 skills and knowledge which require a minimum of 2,000 hours of
154 work and training, which hours are excluded from the time spent
155 at related instruction.
156 (4) It requires related instruction to supplement on-the
157 job training and online training. Such instruction may be given
158 in a classroom or through correspondence courses.
159 (5) It involves the development of skill sufficiently broad
160 to be applicable in like occupations throughout an industry,
161 rather than of restricted application to the products or
162 services of any one company.
163 (6) It does not fall into any of the following categories:
164 (a) Selling, retailing, or similar occupations in the
165 distributive field.
166 (b) Managerial occupations.
167 (c) Professional and scientific vocations for which
168 entrance requirements customarily require an academic degree.
169 Section 5. Subsections (22) through (25) of section
170 1001.65, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (23)
171 through (26), respectively, and a new subsection (22) is added
172 to that section, to read:
173 1001.65 Florida College System institution presidents;
174 powers and duties.—The president is the chief executive officer
175 of the Florida College System institution, shall be corporate
176 secretary of the Florida College System institution board of
177 trustees, and is responsible for the operation and
178 administration of the Florida College System institution. Each
179 Florida College System institution president shall:
180 (22) Develop and implement jointly with apprenticeship
181 programs registered with the Department of Education in
182 accordance with chapter 446 an articulation agreement for the
183 students enrolled in the respective apprenticeship programs.
184 Such articulation agreement must provide for at least two
185 general education courses offered by the institution to be
186 included in the apprenticeship program, for the award of college
187 credit upon satisfactory completion of the courses as defined by
188 the institution pursuant to s. 1001.64, and for enrollment into
189 a degree program at the institution upon completion of the
190 apprenticeship program.
191 Section 6. Present paragraph (c) of subsection (6) of
192 section 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as
193 paragraph (d), and a new paragraph (c) is added to that
194 subsection, to read:
195 1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.—
196 (6) AWARD OF A STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.—
197 (c) A student who participates in an apprenticeship with a
198 certified trade association that is registered with the
199 department in accordance with chapter 446 shall be awarded
200 credits towards a standard high school diploma if the student
201 meets the requirements of this section. The credits awarded upon
202 completion of the apprenticeship may be used to satisfy the
203 requirements of paragraphs (3) (e), (f), and (g).
204 Section 7. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section
205 1009.25, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
206 1009.25 Fee exemptions.—
207 (1) The following students are exempt from the payment of
208 tuition and fees, including lab fees, at a school district that
209 provides workforce education programs, Florida College System
210 institution, or state university:
211 (b) A student enrolled in an approved apprenticeship
212 program, as defined in s. 446.021, including tuition and fees,
213 including lab fees, associated with a course taken at a Florida
214 College System institution through an articulation agreement
215 with the student’s apprenticeship program.
216 Section 8. Section 1011.802, Florida Statutes, is created
217 to read:
218 1011.802 Florida Apprenticeship Grant (FLAG) Program.—
219 (1) The Florida Apprenticeship Grant Program is created to
220 provide grants, in an amount provided in the General
221 Appropriations Act, to Florida College System institutions on a
222 competitive basis to establish new apprenticeship programs and
223 expand existing apprenticeship programs. The Division of Career
224 and Adult Education within the Department of Education shall
225 administer the grant program.
226 (2) Applications from Florida College System institutions
227 must contain projected enrollment and projected costs for the
228 new or expanded apprenticeship programs.
229 (3) The department shall give priority to apprenticeship
230 programs in the areas of information technology, health, and
231 machining and manufacturing. Grant funds may be used for
232 instructional equipment, supplies, personnel, student services,
233 and other expenses associated with the creation or expansion of
234 an apprenticeship program. Grant funds may not be used for
235 recurring instructional costs or for an institution’s indirect
236 costs. Grant recipients must submit quarterly reports in a
237 format prescribed by the department.
238 Section 9. Section 1011.803, Florida Statutes, is created
239 to read:
240 1011.803 Rapid Response Grant Program.—
241 (1) The Rapid Response Grant Program is established to
242 award grants on a competitive basis, in an amount provided in
243 the General Appropriations Act, for the expansion or
244 implementation of high-demand postsecondary programs at Florida
245 College System institutions, as defined in s. 1000.21.
246 (2) Each Florida College System institution applying for a
247 grant must submit an application to the Department of Education
248 in the format prescribed by the department. The application must
249 include, but is not limited to, program expansion or development
250 details, projected enrollment, and projected costs.
251 (3) Each Florida College System institution that is awarded
252 a grant under this section shall submit quarterly reports to the
253 department in the format prescribed by the department. Grant
254 funds may not be used to replace current funds and must be used
255 to expand enrollment in existing postsecondary programs or
256 develop new postsecondary programs.
257 (4) The Department of Education shall administer the
258 program and shall conduct an annual analysis and assessment of
259 the effectiveness of the postsecondary programs funded under
260 this section in meeting labor market demand.
261 Section 10. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.