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Construction training to prepare you for a union apprenticeship

Construction Pre-Apprenticeship by NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

Services Provided Apprenticeships and job training

Eligibility BIPOC Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino, and people of color, Immigrant, Justice-impacted individual, LGBTQ+ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and more, Low-income, NYCHA resident, Public assistance recipient, Woman

Schedule 1 to 3 months, Daytime

Last Updated Last updated on Jul 18, 2023

This pre-apprenticeship training prepares you for an apprenticeship with a construction trade union.

This full-time program gives hands-on training in construction trades like carpentry and electrical. It also teaches math skills, an overview of the industry, and professionalism and job readiness. After you complete the program, you will be given special consideration for when interviews open for apprenticeships in construction unions.

There are providers who offer tailored trainings:

  • Non-Traditional Employment for Women – Serves women, transgender, and non-binary people
  • Construction Skills – Serves minorities from all five boroughs
  • Pathways to Apprenticeship – Serves re-entry, justice-involved, and low-income people.

Who it's for Who it's for

In order to be eligible, program candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a New York City resident
  • Be authorized to work in the United States
  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalency (GED/HSED)
  • Have eighth-grade reading and math comprehension or above
  • Be interested in a career in the construction trades
  • Be willing to commit to a multi-year paid apprenticeship program with a union (after the pre-apprenticeship)
  • Be able to attend unpaid training during the day Monday through Friday (limited night class options)

Duration and Length Duration and Length

Four to seven weeks of full-time training during the day, Monday through Friday.

Next Steps

Complete the interest form on Career Discovery NYC.