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Trades Training

How do I apply?

The first step of the application is attending a virtual Info Session. After the Info Session, you will be given instructions on how to submit an application. The application process includes:

  • A written application

  • An interview

  • A background check (Please note that previous interaction with the legal system does not automatically exclude anyone from the program.)

I'm interested but I'm not ready to apply yet. How can I stay in touch?

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What are the dates of upcoming cohorts?

Location          Cohort Dates          Apply By

Durham            May 13 - Jul 10         Mar 11

Carrboro           Jun 10 - Aug 7          Apr 22

Raleigh              Jul 8 - Sep 4              May 13

Durham            Aug 12 - Oct 9          Jun 24 

Carrboro          Sep 16 - Nov 11        Jul 29

Raleigh             Oct 21 - Dec 16        Aug 26     

What will I learn?

Training starts with safety, first aid, construction drawings, construction math, hand tools, power tools, and materials. Trainees will also participate in Career Development sessions to gain professional skills, build confidence, and prepare for jobs. After the training portion is completed, trainees will be brought on as interns with our professional construction crew to work on maintenance, repairs, and renovations. Trainees are supported with group career coaching to bridge the exit of the program into the start of their careers.

Which certifications will I earn?

Trainees will receive the following industry-recognized certifications:

  • OSHA10 Construction Safety Certification

  • Pre-Apprenticeship Core Certification from NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research)

What is the time commitment?

The total program is 9 weeks long. The first 5 weeks of the program include classroom learning Monday - Thursday from 8:30am - 3:00pm. The last 4 weeks of the program meet for on-the-job learning Monday - Wednesday from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Where is the program located?

  • Carrboro Cohorts meet at the Hope Workshop at 502A N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC.

  • Raleigh Cohorts meet at Wake Tech Community College's Beltline Education Center (3200 Bush St, Raleigh, NC) for the first 5 weeks of the program. On-the-job learning will meet at the Hope Workshop in Carrboro for the last 4 weeks of the program.

  • Durham Cohorts meet at Durham Tech Community College's Newton Makerspace (1616 Cooper St, Durham, NC) for the first 5 weeks of the program. On-the-job learning will meet at the Hope Workshop in Carrboro for the last 4 weeks of the program.

Trainees need to provide their own transportation to the designated site. For on-the-job learning, transportation from the Hope Workshop to jobsites will be provided.

Will I be compensated?

Yes! During the first 6 weeks, trainees receive a stipend of $208/week.

During the on-the-job learning portion, trainees are paid $15/hour.

Who is eligible for the program?

This program is for women and people with lived experience as a woman, over the age of 18​, who live in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange or Wake counties in North Carolina. Participants must be legally authorized to work in the US and have a high school diploma or GED.

Will I be able to get a job after the program?

Our goal is that all graduates of our program are equipped for jobs and careers in the construction industry. We work with many employers who are interested in hiring our graduates. We will provide career coaching and help you craft your resume and hone your interviewing skills so you can land the right job! 

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