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Free Job Training in Construction Trades


Brooklyn Workforce Innovations helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement.

Looking for a career in the construction trade?

BuildingWorks Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program can get you there!

 construction of room 83 (now room 80)., Digital ID 489914, New York Public LibraryBuildingWorks Pre-Apprenticeship is an intensive 17-week training program whose graduates go on to work in the construction trades, including: carpentry, sheet metal, electrical, environmental assessment, and lead and asbestos abatement.

Certifications can include OSHA 10 and 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Worker, CPR, Scaffold and much more.

Training, transportation, lunch, and licensing fees are all provided at no cost to you.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Able to perform 8 hours of physical labor each day
  • Travel to job sites throughout the city every day
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • An American Citizen or Naturalized Immigrant
  • Have a valid State ID Card or Drivers License
  • Able to pass a math and reading test at the 8th grade level
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED at the time of application
  • Be unemployed and/or have a low income
  • Able to attend class Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM for 17 weeks

How to apply:

In order to apply, you must attend one of the Orientation dates listed below:

Tuesday, August 21st at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, August 29th at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, September 4th at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11th at 10 a.m.

RSVP is not required.  Any additional question may be answered at Orientation.

You must possess the following documents when you come to one of the orientations:

  • Birth Certificate/citizenship status
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid State Identification 
  • Proof of Address 
  • Proof of Income 
  • High school Diploma/GED

Oriental Location: 621 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 

Take the R train to Union Street, walk two blocks and make a left on  Degraw Street; or take the 2, 3, 4, 5, N, B, D, Q train to Atlantic Ave./Pacific Street. Go 8 blocks down 4th Ave until Degraw Street then make a right.

For more information, please contact Erica Plasse at 718-237-2017 x149 or

If you want to learn more about free job training programs, please visit Job Search Central, Science, Industry and Business Library online or in person at 188 Madison Avenue and 34th Street.


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Are these sessions still available? When can i join?

Hi Aaron, please visit the

Hi Aaron, please visit the Building Works page at BWI for more information: Looks like the next class is in the fall.

is this tr aing still

is this tr aing still available for this year ?

Need to learn construction

I live in Danbury Ct 06811 eager learn construction


is this training still available? I hope to hear from you soon.

interested in joining

Hello, I was wondering if you guys had a class starting anytime this summer??


Very Interested

can i apply

Your site is a little out-dated, so I sending this message in hope that this program still exists. Please contact me if you are still accepting applicants.

is it still valid?

Are these schedules still valid for this year?

question about this program

hello I would like to know if people who have a full time regular job can still be enrolled in your training program.

is there any upcoming

is there any upcoming trainings ?


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I would like more info on

I would like more info on program. Also, I would like to know if you can apply with out your high diploma or ged.

Are theses classes still available

Today is Monday August 24th, 2015, I'm noticing that your page is in need of being updated, I am interested in the training and would love to sign up, I look forward to your response. I am available to start the program as soon a tomorrow morning if possible. Thank you for your time and attention.

Free job training in construction trades

I would like to know when are your classes available? I currently have my 10 hr Osha certificate. Very interested in all the other certifications. I'm currently not employed but I'm will to do what it takes to get a job in construction. Please send me the information to get enrolled for the classes.

construction job training classes

Will there be any classes offered in the near future for construction trades?

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