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

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. 

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.

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. 


Training Programs Outside of Greater Boston

NYC Build It Back / Sandy Recovery Workforce 
Build It Back is committed to hiring locally and providing workforce training to Sandy-impacted residents. 

Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc.  
Building Careers for New York City's next generation of trained and skilled construction professionals.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. / Pathways to Success  
With a focus on apprenticeship, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.'s (OTTI's) Pathways to Success program offers the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC); a 7-week, pre-apprenticeship training class that helps women prepare for a high skill, high wage career in construction. 

JumpStart -  Baltimore   
JumpStart is a 14-week construction-training program for Baltimore residents with a high school diploma or GED. Experienced teachers help students learn plumbing, carpentry and electrical skills. Students also receive essential safety training, financial coaching, a stipend and driver's education. More than 70 percent of students are placed in careers that lead to high wages and apprenticeships. 

The Hartford Jobs Funnel  
The Jobs Funnel is a pre-employment preparation and job training "stepping stone" for Connecticut residents who are seeking employment in construction and construction-related trades.

Cleveland Construction 
Craft training & apprenticeship program "The Other Four-Year Degree."

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. 

Operation Exit 
A career preparation program for at-risk young people.

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades, helming women achieve economic independence and a secure future. 

Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) 
Founded by tradeswomen in 1981, Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) exists to improve women's economic equity by increasing their participation in high-skill, blue-collar occupations.

UpSkill Houston 
The Partnership's UpSkill Houston Initiative is the nation's first business-led, community-wide, integrated workforce effort. The initiative seeks to close the skills gap in Houston by increasing the number of Houstonians trained for great careers across the region. 

Maine Apprenticeship Program 
The Maine Apprenticeship Program assists in setting up structured yet flexible training programs designed to meet the specific needs of Maine employers through on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction.

Pennsylvania Women Work 
Pennsylvania Women Work is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women in career transition through job readiness, emotional growth, education, training and employment. 

KentuckianaWorks
KentuckianWorks helps job seekers find jobs, education and training and helps employers meet their workforce needs by linking them with skilled, qualified employees. 

Project CRAFT
Project CRAFT (Community, Restitution, and Apprenticeship-Focused Training) is designed to improve educational levels, teach vocational skills and reduce recidivism among adjudicated youth, while addressing the home building industry's need for entry level workers.

WRTP / BIG STEP
WRTP / BIG STEP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce intermediary dedicated to connecting people to family-sustaining jobs. Their mission is to enhance the ability if public and private sector organizations to recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging sectors of the regional economy. 

Building Futures
Building Future's mission is to help the commercial construction industry meet its current and future needs for skilled labor, while creating career opportunities for low-income urban residents in quality registered apprenticeship programs. 

Emily Griffith Technical College
Emily Griffith Technical College partners with 19 Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers and other registered apprenticeship partners to provide high-quality training by industry professionals. 

Apprenticeship & Non-Traditonal Employment for Women (ANEW)
ANEW improves people's lives by providing quality training, employment navigation and supportive services leading to successful family wage careers.

Tradeswomen, Inc.
Tradeswomen, Inc. is one of California's first organizations for women in the trades. Founded in 1979 as a grassroots support organization, their mission is outreach, recruitment, retention and leadership development for women in blue-collar skilled craft jobs.

CityBuild -  San Francisco
CityBuild aims to meet the demands of the construction industry by providing comprehensive pre-apprenticeship and construction administration training to San Francisco residents.