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Building Works: Pre-Apprenticeship Training


Building Works is a pre-apprenticeship training that prepares interested candidates for careers in the building trades.  In partnership with the NYC District Council of Carpenters Labor Technical College, the 3 month training is tuition-free and provides both classroom instruction and hands-on experience preparing you for success in a union apprenticeship.  Participants in Building Works gain experience  from a wide range of courses, including job readiness, industry related math, health and safety, as well as hands-on instruction in shop classes under the supervision of journey-level union carpenters.

Certifications received during the training may include:

  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety
  • 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Worker
  • Scaffold User

A first year apprenticeship in the Carpenters Union earns $19.23/hour while receiving on the job training and technical classroom instruction.   For more than a decade, Building Works has successfully trained hundreds of candidates most of whom have joined --and are completing--unionized apprenticeships...and are building careers in a skilled trade.  Together we are helping to build the future of organized labor.

Candidates for Building Works Pre-Apprenticeship Training  must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of enrollment
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED, and pass a basic skills test at 8th grade level
  • Be either unemployed or under-employed
  • Be physically able to work
  • Be legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Pass a drug test
  • Commit to completing the entire, full-time, 3 month training with classes running from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

To apply for the Building Works training please contact one of our referral partners

Chinese American Planning Council, Inc.
Workforce Development Division
165 Eldridge Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002
Contact: Cindy Liu
212-941-0041, ext. 505
Cypress Hills Local Development Corp.
Academic & Career Exploration Center
2836 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Contact: Jessen Vasquez
718-235-8837, ext. 105
Make the Road New York 
92-10 Roosevelt Ave.          .
Jackson Heights, NY 11372                        
301 Grove Street,  Brooklyn, NY 11237
Port Richmond Ave.  Staten Island, NY 10302 
Contact: Daphany Sanchez
718-418-7690 ext. 1219
Staten Island Youth Justice Center
60 Bay Street, Suite 100
Staten Island, NY 10301
Contact: Romel Shuler


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Hello I'm trying to find out if it's to late to enroll for the winter session and also if there are stipends available and if we are placed into apprenticeship after we complete the program.


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