The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) registered its first set of apprenticeship standards with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in 1945; and has operated in good standing since that time. In 2009 the FTI became the first stand-alone building trade’s apprenticeship program to receive full accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education. The FTI is a leader and innovator in the apprenticeship world and continues to change the model with their outside the box approaches to things like; training, diversity, outreach and professional development of staff. In 2011 the FTI won the Department of Labors “Innovator and Trailblazer Award” and in 2012 the Construction Users Round Table (CURT) named the Finishing Trades Institute their “Workforce Development Award” winner.
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