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CONSTRUCTION CAREERS: Pathways to Apprenticeship – Upper Manhattan

October 1, 2020

Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) is a pre-apprenticeship program for NYC residents that opens doors through training and a direct feed to apply for union apprenticeship opportunities in New York City’s burgeoning construction industry.

The Direct Entry Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship in West Harlem is one of many that P2A operates across the city to help people from low-income communities gain access to union construction apprenticeships. West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) provides financial support as well as training space at its West Harlem Skills Training Center, with the New York City Small Business Services (SBS) providing additional funding. Columbia University provides interview space and outreach support, as well as hosting for the graduation ceremonies.

The six-week pre-apprenticeship program, which started in November 2020 with priority for West Harlem residents, certifies participants with the key skills and required safety trainings needed to qualify for an apprenticeship opportunity with local construction unions, setting them on a career path toward stable jobs with good benefits.

P2A will schedule interviews with local construction unions so the newly minted graduates can apply for available apprenticeships. P2A tracks construction apprenticeship openings with unions citywide, and has established a network of peer mentors who provide graduates with résumé assistance, interview coaching, and aptitude test preparation.

** The Fall 2020 P2A cohort application process is now closed. Please stay tuned for future opportunities.**


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • New York City resident
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (GED/TASC)
  • Physical capacity for construction work (lifting and carrying 50 lbs)
  • Drug Free
  • Eligibility to work in the United States