Trades Training


Learn the Skills

We use an industry-recognized training curriculum developed by the National Center for Construction Research & Education (NCCER). 

Our program will teach you the core skills you need to confidently enter the trades. 


You will learn about things like:

  • Safety & First Aid

  • Construction Math

  • Construction Drawings

  • Tools & Construction Materials

  • Basic Carpentry


In addition, we offer professional skills training to help you set yourself apart from the crowd, including:

  • Communication Skills

  • Conflict Resolution Skills

  • Teamwork & Leadership Skills

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Job Seeking & Networking

  • Resumer & Cover Letter Writing

  • Interviewing Skills


Get the Support

Many women deal with life challenges that can get in the way of pursuing a good career. 


We will help you navigate these challenges by connecting you with resources to meet your needs, from financial and family assistance to mental health counseling. Eligible trainees receive a weekly stipend to help with basic expenses while in the program.


In addition, our program will include a peer-support network that is a tried-and-true way to ensure success in women's pre-apprenticeship training programs like ours.


Land the Job

The first step to building a great career is landing a great job. At the end of training, we want our trainees to either:

  1. Get hired by a local construction trades employer or paid apprenticeship program

  2. Continue your education in whatever trade you're most excited about


We will help you get there by offering:

  • Networking opportunities with employers and tradespeople

  • Connections to community colleges to learn more about programs and resources

  • Resume building  and interviewing skills training

  • One-on-one career coaching



Intro to Construction grants a Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate in Core and includes the following topics:

  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification

  • First Aid & CPR Certification

  • Construction Math

  • Hand Tools & Power Tools

  • Construction Drawings

  • Material Handling


The Professional Skills portion of the curriculum includes:

  • Employment Fundamentals

  • Communication Skills

Intro to Construction is a pre-requisite for the other courses.

CONSTRUCTION 101: Building Fundamentals

The Construction 101: Building Fundamentals course draws on material from NCCER's Carpentry 1 and Introduction to the licenses trades. Credit for individual modules is available. The first six weeks of the course involve learning and hands-on experience at our workshop, including building a structure. Trainees will receive on-the-job experience with the Hope construction crew during the last two weeks of the course. The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Orientation to the trades

  • Floor and Wall Systems

  • Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing

  • Introduction to Building Envelope SystemsExterior Finishing, and Thermal and Moisture Protection

  • Intro to Roofing and Roofing Applications

  • Drywall Instillation and Finishing

  • Doors and Door Hardware

  • Window, Door, Floor, and Ceiling Trim

  • Occupational Overview: The Electrical IndustryElectrical Safety, and Residential Electrical Services

  • Intro to Plumbing Profession and Intro to Plumbing Fixtures

  • Intro to HVAC


The Professional Skills portion of the curriculum includes:​​

  • Job Seeking

  • Networking

  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing

  • Interviewing Skills

*Intro to Construction is a prerequisite for this course.

Upcoming Cohorts


*Construction 101: Building Fundamentals (daytime): July 11 - September 1


Intro to Construction (evening): September 13 - December 13

Intro to Construction (daytime): September 12 - October 6

*Construction 101: Building Fundamentals (daytime): October 10 - December 8

The deadline to apply for this cohort is Friday, August 12th

Classes meet in Carrboro, NC.

Daytime classes meet 9:00am - 3:00pm, Monday - Thursday

Evening classes meet 5:30-8:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

*Intro to Construction is required before taking these courses.


If you are a woman, age 18+, living in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange or Wake County, North Carolina,

you can apply for our trades training program!

The program is FREE to trainees.

How to Apply

The first step in the application process is to attend an Info Session at our workshop in Carrboro.

After attending the Info Session, you will be invited to apply for the training program.

Not ready to apply yet?

Fill out the interest form to get updates about future dates and locations.

Questions? Contact us here.

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