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About Our Open Shop Apprenticeship Administrators’ Association

OSAAA — Open Shop Apprenticeship Administrators’ Association was formed by open shop (non-union) Florida Department of Education registered training providers.
Our mission is to promote the principles of strong voluntary apprenticeship system. To influence public opinion, legislation and governmental policies that will improve the quality of apprenticeship training. To act in an advisory capacity to local and state officials responsible for education and training. To encourage expansion and improvement of apprenticeship training in Florida. To act as a professional association of open shop apprenticeship training administrators for the purpose of serving the state of Florida by ensuring an adequate supply of well trained highly skilled craft persons.

By joining forces, we provide a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods and information relative to apprenticeship training. We educate our communities and others; thus creating appreciation of the advantages and benefits of apprenticeship training.


You will learn planning through apprenticeship. You will be able to work hands-on through apprenticeship. Through apprenticeship, the sky is the limit. As an apprentice, you will be part of a team.


What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor’s role is to safeguard the welfare of apprentices, ensure equality of access to apprenticeship programs, and provide integrated employment and training information to sponsors and the local employment and training community.


Florida Statute: 446.011

Legislative intent regarding apprenticeship training

(1) It is the intent of the State of Florida to provide educational opportunities for its young people so that they can be trained for trades, occupations, and professions suited to their abilities. More on legislative intent…

Contractor Benefits
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Training providers assure employers that apprentices have the skills necessary to excel. Successful completion makes them the best qualified professionals in the industry!

What apprentices Say
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“Before I started the apprenticeship program I lacked confidence and couldn’t see myself progressing, Now I am on way to becoming a licensed professional!”



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