Career Connections Carpentry Pre-Apprentice Program

Are you interested in working in the trades? Do you like working with your hands?Job opening trends in trades careers have been on a steady upward trajectory, yet filling those openings has proven far more challenging. Many employers have stated that we must do something now to increase the flow of workers to meet project demands.  The Career Connections Carpentry Pre-Apprentice Program will provide exposure to skills and behaviors used in the trades. It will also offer preparation for entry into a registered apprenticeship program, assistance with researching continuing education options, or help in finding job openings in trades careers.
Pre Apprenticeship Program Certification
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pre-Apprenticeship Program Registration

Our program is now accredited through Thomas Edison University! Students who complete our program are eligible to earn up to 7 college credits.

Participants will:

  • Connect with industry professionals and employers (Lowes, GenerationT, North Atlantic Deck and Railing Association, Triage Restoration, Maplewoodshop and more!)
  • Participate in up to 20 weeks of paid work experience
  • Complete hands-on building projects and practice using tools safely

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  • Provide exposure to skills and behaviors used in the trades.
  • Provide classroom education, hands-on practice through building projects, and paid work experience with trades employers.
  • Assistance in obtaining full-time employment, enrollment in continuing education, or enrollment into an apprenticeship program.
  • Promote workplace learning.

What is Provided

  • Industry-recognized curriculum supported by the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Funds.
  • Beginner tool set- tools needed to walk onto a work site.
  • Connections to industry professionals for paid work experience and placement.
  • Career Counseling and job placement support.


  • Combined learning environment consisting of book work, hands-on projects, and paid work experience.
  • One-on-one case management support.
  • Protective equipment, transportation, tools and other supports provided.
  • No experience required- just a good attitude and a desire to learn.
  • Introduction to apprenticeship programs, employers and industry professionals.
  • Guidance with selecting your career path.