About the The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region

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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.

Mission Statement

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The mission of the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) is to supply area contractors with the most highly skilled craftspeople in the construction industry. In particular, the six industries for which they have apprenticeship standards registered; Architectural Glass & Metal Installers (Glaziers), Coatings Applicator Specialist (Industrial Painters), Commercial Paint & Wall Covering, Drywall Finishing, Glassworkers, and Multi-Craft Decorators. The FTI designs programs that produce some of the best journeypersons, supervisors, and project managers in North America. The FTI provides a unique learning environment with state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces. The FTI uses a competency based training model; as recommended by the U.S. Department of Labor. Besides its nationally recognized apprenticeship programs the FTI exists to provide some of the finest journeyperson continuing education courses in North America. The FTI uses a time proven model of related classroom theory training and hands-on activities to achieve the academic excellence for which it has been recognized. Because of its learning model, based on Organizational Development, Leadership, and Team Building principles, the FTI and its students are responsible and effective communicators that are proud of their abilities to learn quickly and lead effectively; increasing jobsite productivity and moral for the contractors for which they work. Moreover, each student graduates their apprenticeship with 60+ college credits to be used towards achieving their Associates Degree.

News & Events

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW)

November 13 - 19, 2017

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a National Celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeship. NAW also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities and apprentices in their community. The weekly events highlight the benefits of Apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.

Mark your calendars for November 13 - 19, 2017 as we will celebrate the third annual National Apprenticeship Week across the Country and we want this year's celebration to be bigger than ever. Please join the movement and help us reach our goal of over 1,000 events across the Country by hosting and/or participating in an event.

Visit the Department of Labor to find out more.

Finishing Trades Institute Open House

President Trump has declared the week of November 14-18, 2016 National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) to raise awareness and increase the use of Registered Apprenticeships in the United States. To help celebrate NAW, the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTIMAR) will be hosting an “OPEN HOUSE” on Monday November 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m... We invite any individual from your organization to attend and learn about the Apprenticeships offered at the FTIMAR.

Come learn about Apprenticeships “Earn and Learn” opportunities that lead to family sustaining careers in the Drywall Finishing, Glazing and Glass working, Commercial Painting, Bridge Painting or Wall Covering Industries. Educators and Employers will be available to answer questions on how to apply and succeed in an Apprenticeship at the FTIMAR.

Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region
2190 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116
November 14, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 PM

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 215-501-0130 x18. For groups of 20 or more, please call ahead so we can assign a personal guide for your group that will allow a memorable experience for everyone.


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  • Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region 2190 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116