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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?

  • Winter 2024 Cohort: January 16th - April 3rd

    • Application deadline: Monday, November 6th

  • More 2024 Cohort Dates are Coming Soon

What will I learn?

Training starts with safety, first aid, construction drawings, construction math, hand tools, power tools, and materials. The curriculum then covers hands-on experience in carpentry basics and provides an introduction to plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. 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

  • American Red Cross HeartSavers First Aid and CPR Certification

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

What is the time commitment?

The total program is 12 weeks long. The first 8 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 7:30am - 5:00pm.

Where is the program located?

Trainees will report to our workshop in Carrboro for classroom and on-the-job learning. The address is 502A N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC. Trainees need to provide their own transportation to this location each day. Transportation from this location to jobsites will be provided.

Will I be compensated?

Yes! During the training portion (8 weeks), trainees receive a stipend of $250/week.

During the on-the-job learning portion (4 weeks), trainees are paid $15/hour (~$425/week).

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, 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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