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Prepare for Construction and Building Trades Jobs
Overview: The Building Futures Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training program is a free class that connects low-income DC women and men ages 21+ with family-sustaining jobs in the construction industry and related occupations.
Program Design: Accepted students attend the 6-week pre-apprenticeship class from 8am – 1pm daily (plus two Saturday sessions) with a curriculum that includes construction math review, blueprint reading, tool identification and use, OSHA 10, CPR/First Aid, Scaffold Basics, and Flagger Safety & Traffic Control certifications, as well as job readiness preparation. While most of the training is classroom-based, some hands-on instruction at the area’s union apprenticeship schools is also part of the curriculum. The class includes employability workshops as well as individualized job development. Case management services help ensure retention in the program and on the job. A travel stipend is provided.
Program Eligibility: Applicants interested in joining the building trades are academically tested and need to score at 8th grade or above in reading and math, be drug-free (including marijuana), and possess a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit.
Background: The Community Services Agency of the Metro Washington Council is the non-profit arm of the local AFL-CIO that manages the Building Futures program and has been providing worker-centered services since 1991. It receives funding from the DC Workforce Investment Council, United Planning Organization, MARPAT Foundation, Community Foundation Anonymous Donor Fund, The Joshua Community Fund, and the SHARE Fund. The program is offered quarterly.
Next Steps: Candidates should call me directly at (202) 974-8224 to begin their application with a phone pre-screening no later than April 17th to be considered for the class that begins on April 30th.