What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeship programs are pathways to the middle class that provide years of classroom training and on the job learning, working with experienced tradesmen. These programs provide hands on training lead by experienced and qualified instructors along with support materials and testing to ensure the material covered provide evidence of learning. In addition the programs provide classes to obtain the required New York City Department of Buildings and New York State licenses and certificates. Those joining the workforce can begin a career to sustain a family and contribute to society becoming a trained worker in New York.

Here is a website that many New Yorkers don’t know about and few use that can be life changing, It contains all Apprenticeship opportunities from every Union trade that provides a state-approved Apprenticeship opportunities in NY.



Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the union construction industry.

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades, helping women achieve economic independence and a secure future for themselves and their families.
The number of women construction workers in New York City has grown substantially as a result of a coordinated effort between NEW, labor unions, contractors, and government. With a commitment by these partners to place women in 15 percent of all new apprenticeship slots, more than 1,300 NEW graduates have found work as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, ironworkers, operating engineers, and sheetmetal workers since 2005. An additional 1,000 women have found careers in the energy, transportation, and facilities maintenance industries. These women are changing their lives and the skyline of New York City.

Construction Skills is dedicated to preparing a trained and skilled workforce from diverse communities throughout the five boroughs for careers in the unionized construction industry. With an outstanding rate of success, including a retention rate of better than 80%, Construction Skills has resulted in a stronger, more diverse workforce with African Americans, Hispanics and Asians from all five boroughs representing the majority of new union members in the industry.

A second chance is rare and can be extremely rare if you have been incarcerated. But those that have made a change and are looking for an opportunity to a career after incarceration can find it with Pathways to Apprenticeship. A non-profit that helps with life after prison, preparing people for apprenticeships through a 6 week intensive in classroom and hands on training.