Skilled construction workers are needed now more than ever to fulfill the demands of Northeast Florida’s growth. The North Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) offers a quality construction apprenticeship program for the construction workforce to meet the needs of our community’s industry employers and workforce.


NEFBA Apprenticeship’s team of professional instructors deliver cutting-edge training and curriculum in industry-leading facilities to apprentice workers who are seeking a strong, competitive advantage in today’s construction industry. By recruiting and training individuals who strive for excellence, we are able to provide our employers with highly skilled workers who aim to ultimately enhance the quality of life in our Northeast Florida communities.


For nearly 50 years, NEFBA has offered a high-quality construction apprenticeship program to provide career development as a pathway to high-wage demand careers in the constructions industry to meet the needs of our local economy and enhance the quality of like in our community.

Apprenticeship Executive Committee Chairman

Tim Conlan — NEFBA Training Vice-President
Tim Conlan

The Apprenticeship Program of the Northeast Florida Builders Association is considered to be one of the best in the country.  For more than 48 years, we have provided quality training to the construction trades. As the construction industry’s workforce ages, the demand for trained construction professionals grows. NEFBA’s Apprenticeship Program is proud to be an integral part of the growth of the workforce development in Northeast Florida region.

We can help you find your way to an exciting, rewarding career in the carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning, and sheet-metal trades. Join our over 1730 program graduates who are enjoying successful careers practicing their trade, working as supervisors or reaching their dreams of owning their own businesses.

If you are an employer interested in providing training to your employees or sponsoring new employees, we offer a four-year nationally recognized training program that produces skilled trades professionals with NCCER and industry-recognized credentials.  Call us today at 904-421-0296 for information about our Apprenticeship Program. 

Tim Conlan

NEFBA's Workforce Development Team

Meet Your Workforce Development Specialists at Northeast Florida Builders Association
Christina Thomas
Christina Thomas – Director of Workforce Development

Christina is an honors graduate from St. Leo University with a Master's in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor's in Business Administration. She has a former background in finance and education. Prior to joining the team at NEFBA in 2016, she worked 10 years for the School District of Clay County teaching, advising, and coordinating Career & Technical Education programs. Christina and her husband, Shawn, have been married for 22 years and have one daughter in her senior year of high school. Like true winners, the Thomas family loves cheering on the University of Alabama!

Charlie Libretto – Training Director of Apprenticeship

Charlie holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Jacksonville University and a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from UNF. He is also a former graduate of East Carolina University, where he played quarterback. Charlie has nearly 30 years of professional experience in business and education. Most recently, Charlie was the Director of Strategic Partnerships for a national educational institution. Charlie has been married for 30 years to the incredibly patient, Lara. The couple has four sons. The Libretto family enjoys cheering on FSU.

Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke – Training Coordinator for Apprenticeship

Rachael is a proud graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. Prior to coming to NEFBA, Rachael spent twelve years in private education. Rachael loves spending time with her family and attending the many sporting events involving her three boys. Much to both Christina’s dismay, Rachael is frequently heard yelling, "Go Dawgs! Sic Em!"

Tatum Ellison – Training Coordinator for Workforce Development

Tatum is a proud graduate from St. Augustine's Flagler College with a Bachelor's in Political Science. She spent 8 years as a paralegal using her bachelor's minor in pre-law. Currently, Tatum is an active member of COPAA advocating for special needs children. Tatum has been married for 14 years to her husband Don, who serves in the United States Coast Guard. Tatum is not a fan of I-95 traffic. Tatum and Don have two school-aged boys and they love to cheer on Notre Dame and the Jags! We find both of these teams to be acceptable choices.


Emily Beson - Marketing and Community Coordinator

Emily is a proud graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Studies. She is currently furthering her education at FSU and will graduate in 2024 with a Master’s degree in Media and Communication Studies. Before coming to NEFBA, Emily spent two years as the Communications Intern for the Florida Home Builders Association. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Emily enjoys spending time with her three younger sisters, going to the beach, and is excited to visit Doak Campbell Stadium to cheer on the Seminoles!

Doug Powell
Doug Powell – NCCER Support Specialist

Doug is a graduate from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor's in Business Administration & Accounting. Doug also holds a certificate in education from Jacksonville Teach First Coast. Prior to his first retirement, Doug was a compliance auditor in the healthcare industry. Doug has been married to his lovely wife, Maria, for 12 years. The couple loves spending time with their 6 grandchildren. And because you can never avoid running into at least one in northern Florida, Doug is a UF Gator fan.


"I dropped out of high school in my junior year and joined the workforce. After several attempts to earn a decent living, I earned my GED and I went on to complete the apprenticeship program with NEFBA. I have been working in heating and air conditioning ever since. Not only do I love what I do, I earn a great salary."

"The apprenticeship program was a dream come true. It allowed me to make a career out of the work I love. I now own my own electrical contracting company and it's all due to the NEFBA apprenticeship program."

"My uncle always told me to pick a trade, then pick a career. If the career doesn't work out you can always fall back on the trade to get you through life. I took his advice and chose the NEFBA apprenticeship program. With the knowledge from this program I transformed my trade into a career with one of the nation’s largest design build contractors."

"The NEFBA apprenticeship program benefited me greatly, helping me prosper in my trade. My education allowed me to work my way up the company ranks to my current position as field supervisor for a local air conditioning company."

NEFBA Apprenticeship Executive Board

The Apprenticeship Executive Board is comprised of business leaders that volunteer their time to oversee the general operations of instructors, apprentices, training staff, and participating employers. The board maintains the integrity of the program while abiding by state department of education standards as well as program standards. The companies that are represented on this board that spend countless hours leading the program are:

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Florida Comfort logo
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