Trades Orientation Program

Opening the door to construction careers

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If you're tired of low-wage, dead-end jobs and ready to find a career, the Trades Orientation Program will help you learn what it takes to start an apprenticeship in the skilled construction trades.

The cutting-edge Silicon Valley construction industry is booming, and companies are looking for candidates who are ready to work hard, eager to learn new skills and not afraid to get their hands dirty.

The Trades Orientation Program is a free, 130-hour class that will put you on the pathway to apprenticeship and a rewarding career in the high demand construction trades.

No experience is necessary, just a high school diploma or GED, reliable transportation, and the commitment to show up on time every day ready to work and to learn.

Women, youth (age 18+), U.S. veterans and under-represented minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

The Trades Orientation Program is provided by Working Partnerships USA through a partnership with work2future, NOVA, the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, the Santa Clara Building Trades Council and the South Bay Apprenticeship Coordinators Association. It is generously funded by the California Workforce Development Board’s Prop 39 pre-apprenticeship initiative, the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing, the CalFRESH Employment and Training program, and by a grant from the Pacific Gas & Electric Company.