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FTA is driven by its mission to close the skills gap that’s become so prevalent in the U.S.,  and become a reliable resource for talent  at a time when literally millions of jobs remain unfilled. 

Just as importantly, FTA- certified programs are structured to reduce turnover, increase productivity, and lower recruitment cost, while keeping student loan debt to bare minimum.

Or, none at all (as many apprenticeship programs pay real dollars from day one.)

Now, that’s Trade Education. That’s Florida Trade Academy.

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Florida Trade Academy

Every institution of higher education has a place and a purpose. 

Finding the right pathway for you is the key to your future, especially for those looking to enter the workforce for the first time or re-enter it once again. For many, that means looking for on the job vocational learning and technical training options that provide a more direct path toward a stronger and more sustainable paycheck

Enter Florida Trade Academy


The product of a partnership between Livingstone Schools, Inc., and the Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Florida Trade Academy (FTA) represents a new framework for apprenticeship studies and hands-on work experience in the state of Florida. Slated to be up-and-running for the 2022-23 academic school year, FTA is dedicated to helping employers and employees find common ground in their chosen fields.

Newly enrolled students will learn first-hand from professionals who know the jobs because they do the jobs every day.

No time or effort is wasted on educational elements that only look good on paper. You will spend your time learning real life, practical skills that will translate to your new career. 

After preliminary coursework is completed, students transition into paid apprenticeships with ABC to complete the full program, graduating faster and with more immediate earning power than their four-year counterparts. Even better, as your capabilities increase, so do your wages.