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New tuition-free Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program now enrolling students

Edmonds College is partnering with the City of Lynnwood, Sound Transit, and several other partners to fill a critical labor shortage and to provide skills training to our local community members. This fall, a new tuition-free Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program will be available to local residents.

From an October 1, 2021, Edmonds College press release.

Edmonds College is partnering with the City of Lynnwood, Sound Transit, and several other partners to fill a critical labor shortage and to provide skills training to our local community members. This fall, a new tuition-free Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program will be available to local residents. The normal cost of the 10-week class is $5,000 per student.

Thanks to a generous contribution of $150,000 from Sound Transit, Edmonds College is able to launch this program which will offer many community benefits: the increased supply of skilled labor will support completion of light rail and other important construction projects; unemployed and under-employed residents can grow into high-paying, in-demand jobs; and our community benefits from an overall increase in wealth, training, and employment.

The first Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program runs from October 4th to December 17th, from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday, at the Edmonds College Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center at Paine Field.

There are plans to offer this program each quarter.

Applications will be considered until Friday, October 8th, and after this date candidates can join a waiting list for a future cohort.

Candidates can register for an upcoming free information session to learn more about the 10-week training program. 

Community partners rallied to develop this new construction trades readiness program launching this fall quarter. This pre-apprenticeship program will give community members the skills and support to enter into the construction field through paid apprenticeship programs. 

Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Peter Rogoff said, “As we help build the transportation system that will be the backbone of this region's future, we know there's an incredible opportunity to help build the future workforce that will be the backbone of this region's economy.”

This new pre-apprenticeship program will create opportunities for South Snohomish County community members, especially those who are underrepresented in the construction industry such as women and people of color, to begin careers in skilled construction trades and to earn family wages with paid benefits.

In order for an individual to achieve Journeyman-level status in construction trades, completion of a four-year, paid apprenticeship is required. For a variety of reasons, many individuals fail to complete their apprenticeship.

A pre-apprentice readiness program can: introduce prospective workers to multiple construction trades; provide basic instruction and life skills that apprentices need to succeed; offer support services to vulnerable students; and offer direct or preferred placement into a paid apprenticeship.

What is a Pre-Apprenticeship?

A pre-apprenticeship program is an extended onramp to signing with a local trade union as a paid apprentice. The process of getting into an apprenticeship with the unions can be competitive and comes with requirements that many need assistance to complete.

A pre-apprenticeship is a structured preparation program to earn preferred or direct hiring with trade unions, and is particularly good for students that need a little extra support to compete for these jobs.

The curriculum for a pre-apprenticeship is built in collaboration with partner trade unions and the intention is for it to articulate into their apprenticeships.

There are many trade unions that could endorse a pre-apprenticeship through articulation agreements: Carpenters, Plumbers, Cement Masons, Laborers, Electricians, and more.

Salaries range from $19 to $30/hour plus benefits.

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