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CONSTRUCTION CAREERS: Applications are open for Pathways to Apprenticeship – Upper Manhattan

October 1, 2020

A pre-apprenticeship program for NYC residents has opened applications for its next Direct Entry Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship class. Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) opens doors through training and a direct feed to apply for union apprenticeship opportunities in New York City’s burgeoning construction industry.

The program 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, starting November 5, 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.


  • 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


Interested participants are required to attend one of two virtual information sessions:

  1. Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:00PM – 3:00PM OR
  2. Thursday, October 22, 20202 5:30PM – 6:30PM