About MAEF

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 the participating & employing contractor base by promoting 
    apprenticeship to MAF and non-MAF masonry  contractors.
  • 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 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 fourteen apprentice programs running throughout the state with  approximately 300 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.

CONGRATS JIMMY QUINTEROS - 2ND PLACE IN THE NATION!

Competing against  nine of the top 3rd year  masonry apprentices in the United States, Florida’s  Jimmy Quinteros, won 2nd place in the 3rd year skill level of the Masonry Contractors Association 
of America (MCAA) Skills Challenge held at World of Concrete. 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH APPRENTICE PROGRAM GRAD, JAMES YATES

James Yates graduated from the MAF Treasure Coast Chapter Masonry Apprentice Program at Indian River State College.  Employed by Oceanside Masonry (Jupiter, FL) for the past two years, James currently holds the position of superintendent. Click below to read the interview:

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