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Posted on: June 12, 2018

Building & Construction Trades Apprenticeship Program Currently Accepting Applications

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The Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council (MSBCTC) is currently accepting applications for the newly-created Building Pathways Maine Apprenticeship Readiness Program. With an eye towards engaging Greater Portland's diverse population, the no-cost, three-week intensive program is designed to pave the way for adult learners to begin a career in the building trades. 

Modeled after the industry-recognized North America's Building Trades Unions' Apprenticeship Readiness Program, Building Pathways Maine will equip graduates with the knowledge they'll need to make them attractive candidates for further education and training in the field of construction. While not an express guarantee of employment, students who successfully complete the Building Pathways Maine training will be prepared for and offered an interview with an affiliated labor union and business partner's joint apprenticeship training program. 

"We know that without an all-hands-on deck approach, we'll never be able to meet the skills and personnel gap in Maine's construction industry," stated John Napolitano, President of the MSBCTC and Business Manager for the United Association, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 716. "We're eager to play our part by engaging the community and helping them gain access to the good paying jobs with benefits that our unions and our signatory contractors offer.” 

“While the multi-trade training can be tailored towards a wide range of learners, Building Pathways Maine will place an emphasis on reaching out to Greater Portland's diverse community, including people of color, immigrants and women. "Our doors are open to anyone who is willing make a commitment to professional growth. But also successfully engaging our target population will provide a two-fold benefit: training women and men so that they can forge ahead on a pathway to the middle class via a rewarding career with benefits for themselves and their families; and working to help diversify a local construction workforce that can benefit from the richness of culture and experience that all of our neighbors bring to our society,"  said MSBCTC Executive Director Jason J. Shedlock.

Developed and approved by the Building Trades National Apprenticeship and Training Committee in 2007, the curriculum utilized by Building Pathways Maine is a comprehensive apprenticeship readiness program that provides a gateway for  community residents to gain access to registered apprenticeship programs.  Recognized by the US Department of Labor, courses will be delivered by subject matter experts and guest presenters in the various fields  of  study, during a 3-week day-long course. Topics of study include: Industry and Trade Awareness, Construction Math, Health and Safety, Diversity Awareness and Financial Responsibility.

Applications are being accepted until June 15th, with a class start date of July  9th. Classes will be held at Portland Adult Education on 14 Locust Street, Portland. For more information or to apply, visit:

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