Florida Electrical Apprenticeship & Training (FEAT) provides students with a comprehensive education, designed to ensure success in the Electrical Profession. Apprentices are registered with the Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Education.
In 1987, FEAT was incorporated to train apprentices for Central Florida participating employers. This Industry/Education partnership started with Orange County Public Schools and Seminole Community College. In 1999 we expanded to include TECO in Osceola County. As with all effective partnerships, both entities combine their strengths to attain a greater goal. Education provides the instructional expertise to improve training methods, provides classroom space and funding for coordinators and instructors. The Electrical Contractors contribute training materials and supplies. Apprentices work daily in the trade under the guidance of a mentor -- a journeyman electrician. It is the journeyman's job to teach the apprentice the hands-on techniques of the electrician's job.
Many partnerships enhance FEAT's ability to benefit apprentices and contractors. Local chapters of the Electrical Council of Florida, Florida Association of Electrical Contractors and International Association of Electrical Inspectors reward the accomplishments of our theory graduates. Electrical suppliers and manufacturers continually donate training aids to our program.
Teachers and coordinators all come from the electrical industry. These dedicated teachers work with the students in the classroom two nights a week, teaching them the theory of electricity and applications of the National Electrical Code. Because they are proud of the work they do as electricians, it is important for teachers to share their knowledge with apprentices to ensure a continuing quality workforce. Many of our current instructors are graduates of the FEAT program.