Construction Training and Employment

The City contracts with community organizations and construction pre-apprenticeship training programs to recruit, place and train women, people of color and those living in economically distressed areas.

Interested in construction training? Go to www.rpacevents.com to learn about upcoming opportunities. For more information on where to begin, contact the City Job and Training Advisor at 206-512-9737 or jon.bersche@seattle.gov.

AOP: Apprenticeship Opportunities Project
AOP provides support services and financial assistance for low-income male and female pre-apprentices and apprentices: Apprenticeship Opportunities Project.

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs
Pre-apprenticeship programs teach the skills needed to become a construction apprentice and offer support services such as high school diploma/GED preparation and driver license recovery. Programs work with graduates to provide ongoing support and placement into apprenticeship programs and construction jobs.

Contact individual programs in King County for more information about services provided, orientations and application processes.

  • Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)
    Overview: ANEW works with men and women over 18 years. The program lasts 12 weeks and occurs four times a year.
    Location: ANEW, 550 SW Seventh St., Suite B305, Renton, WA 98057 (shop classes take place at the CITC, 1930 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004)
    Additional trainings will be offered in Snohomish County and Pierce County. Call ANEW for more information.
    Orientations: Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Renton
    Phone: 206-381-1384
  • Ironworkers Pre-Apprenticeship
    Overview: Ironworkers have a one-month training for men and women. Training occurs several times throughout the year, on an as-needed basis.
    Location: Ironworkers Local #86, 4550 134th Pl, Ste. 101, Tukwila, WA 98168
    Orientations: N/A
    Phone: 206-550-9246
  • WA Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship & Construction Education (PACE)
    Overview: PACE works with men and women over 18 years. The program lasts 11 weeks and occurs four times a year. Gas or transit vouchers are available for students.
    Location: UW CERC/Magnuson Park, 7543 63rd Ave. NE, Bldg. 5B, Seattle, WA 98115
    Orientations: PACE holds bi-weekly orientations at community centers and libraries.
    Phone: 206-947-5362
  • Seattle Vocation Institute's Pre-Apprentice Construction Training (PACT)
    Overview: PACT works with men and women over 18 years. The program lasts six months and starts quarterly.
    Location: Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144
    Orientations: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Room 106 and Fridays, 11 a.m., Room 102-103
    Phone: 206-934-2943
  • YouthCare's YouthBuild
    Overview: YouthBuild works with low-income men and women 18-24 years who are seeking a high school diploma or GED. Diploma and GED holders are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
    Location: South Seattle College, Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108
    Orientations: Wednesdays, 12 p.m., SCC Georgetown, Bldg. B, Room 118
    Phone: 206-762-0788

Apprenticeship Training Programs
Construction apprenticeship programs develop skills through paid on-the-job training and classroom instruction. A starting apprentice makes an average of $20 an hour, and wages increase as experience is gained.

Experienced Workers
Workers with more than five years of construction experience and industry certifications in a specific craft may request entry directly into a union. Schedule a meeting with a business agent at the appropriate union hall. Bring construction work paystubs, industry certifications, letters of recommendation and military experience documentation. Processes for entry vary, and may result in entry as a first-year apprentice, an advanced apprentice or journey-level worker. Call the Apprenticeship Training Coordinator, union local business manager or the City Job and Training Advisor at 206-512-9737.