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Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Pre-apprenticeship programs are a great way to start exploring careers in construction. These programs offer an overview of each trade, the qualifications and skills needed for each trade and on-the-job training and related instruction. The programs also offer career-entry advice and emphasize the importance of succeeding in school and in the workforce.

While pre-apprenticeship does not guarantee a job, the Apprenticeship Coordinators know pre-apprenticeship graduates have a higher rate of success in apprenticeship programs and many graduates get placed when the training is over—if not before!

Most pre-apprenticeship programs offer monthly orientations. Below is the contact information of a few pre-apprenticeship programs:

Sacramento:  Northern California Construction & Training (NCCT)
(916) 387-1564 Website Link--NCCT

Monterey Region:  Pre-Apprenticeship Training Course
Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
100 12th Street, Bldg. 2902, Suite 107
Marina, CA 93933
(831) 883-1188
Or call Miguel Banda at the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board(831) 796-3311 for more information

Pasadena: Pasadena/Altadena Apprenticeship Preparation Program: For information on how to register, contact Brian Biery, Flintridge Operating Foundation, 626-449-0839, x117,

Bay Area: Cypress Mandela/Women In Skilled Trades (WIST)
(510) 208-7354 Website Link--Cypress Mandela

(510) 307-8003 This no-cost training program is provided by the City of Richmond and RichmondWORKS Website Link--RichmondBUILD

Below are pre-apprenticeship programs offered specifically for women:

Santa Cruz/Monterey: Women Ventures (831) 724-0206

Los Angeles: Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER)
(323) 749-3970 ext. 1000
Website Link--WINTER

Regional Occupational Programs (ROPs) offer excellent pre-apprenticeship training.  The mission of the ROPs is to provide high-quality career and technical education classes for local communities.  For more informoation and a list of the California ROP nearest you, please visit

Other Programs:
Youth Build--visit their website

Job Corps--visit their website

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