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Trades Training

How do I apply?

We are currently recruiting for our Summer Cohort, which will run from May 8th - August 16th 2023. The first step in the application process is to attend a virtual Info Session to learn more about the program.

Info Sessions will be held on March 1st and March 15th.


After the Info Session, you will be given instructions on how to submit an application. The application process includes:

  • A written application

  • A basic math assessment

  • 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?

Add your contact information to our Interest Form and we will contact you about upcoming training program opportunities. 

What are the dates of upcoming cohorts?

In 2023, we will run three cohorts:

  • Spring Cohort: February 6th - May 17th

    • Application Deadline: November 18, 2022

  • Summer Cohort: May 8th - August 16th

  • Fall Cohort: August 7th - November 15th

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.

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 15 weeks long. The first 9 weeks of the program include classroom learning Monday - Thursday from 8:30am - 3:00pm. The last 6 weeks of the program meet for on-the-job learning Monday - Wednesday from 7:30am - 5:30pm. Participation in both parts of the program is required.

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 (9 weeks), trainees receive a stipend of $300/week.

During the on-the-job learning portion (6 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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