Looking to get started in a career in the building trades? Below are some great places to research. Do you have any training opportunities to add to this section? Please email me.


Greater Boston Area

Suffolk Construction Trades Partnership Series
The Trade Partnership Series is designed to assist disadvantaged, minority, women and veteran-owned trade partner firms in fostering long-term relationships with Suffolk.

YouthBuild Boston
YouthBuild Boston (YBB) was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the trades.While YBB promotes the core values of youth development and community service, it stands out as an innovative non-profit offering a hands-on approach to building trades training. Students are put on a career path through highly successful programs, from construction training to sustainable landscape design. Not only do these programs provide opportunities in vocational education, but also academic instruction, counseling and other life skills that readily strengthen and prepare students for the workforce upon graduation.

Building Pathways
The Building Pathways Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Boston is the only program of its kind that has partnerships with all of the Boston area union apprentice programs. Building Pathways offers 6 weeks of Career Readiness and Occupational Skills Training, with classroom and hands-on learning experiences, to introduce you to the trades and provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to enter into a Building Trades apprenticeship program. Building Pathways staff will also work with you to secure admission into an apprenticeship program.

If you think a career in the union construction trades is right fort you, call for more information about the Building Pathways Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program at 617-282-2242 or Azell Martin, Boston Housing Authority at 617-988-4091.

Building Trades Training Directors Association of Massachusetts
Directory of joint apprenticeship training centers in Massachusetts.

Operation Exit
Operation Exit was established by Mayor Walsh in 2014 to help at-risk residents, or those with a criminal background, by providing the knowledge and skills required for entry into an apprenticeship program. Through career readiness and occupational skills training, the intensive training program provided hands-on learning experiences with peer-to-peer mentorship to prepare participants for good careers. 

Build A Life MA
Learn about construction careers for women.

North Bennet Street School
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, North Bennet Street School (NBSS) offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, mast faculty and inspiring community have encouraged individual growth, curiosity, technical mastery and commitment to excellence. The school's reputation for excellence and value attracts students from around the world.

Merit Apprenticeship Program
Directory of joint apprenticeship training centers in Massachusetts. Merit Apprenticeship Program is a training coalition of merit shop contractors that have joined together to train individuals interested in pursuing careers in the construction trades. 

Gould Construction Institute
The Gould Construction Institute, the training affiliate to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), is proud to offer CONTREN craft training; standardized training programs for the construction and maintenance industry. For more than a decade, CONTREN has been a leader in construction training. 

Joint Apprenticeship Training Center (JATC) - Boston 
The Greater Boston Joint Apprentice Training Center's (JATC) primary mission is to develop the most skilled, responsible and responsive Electricians and Technicians in the United States of America.