Get Your Foot in the Door With Skilled Trades Apprenticeships
Road and building construction projects have greatly increased throughout Michigan, creating a shortage of skilled trades employees like electricians, welders, pavers, masons, plumbing, equipment operators, carpenters, and general construction workers. As a career option, apprenticeships in skilled trades allow you to earn while you learn, and lead to long-term, good paying careers. Check out the websites below for information about apprenticeship training and employment opportunities that can help you get your foot in the door. Prior to contacting these organizations, ask yourself:
- What do I like to do?
- What materials and equipment do I want to work with?
- What skills do I possess and want to build on?
- Where would I like to see myself in five years?
Access For All
Offers a 9-week pre-apprenticeship training program with stipend.
Detroit Employment Solutions/Michigan Works!
Offers 16-week credential-based training for current jobs in construction.
Contact: Reginald Williams, 313-481-9101
Skilled Trades Task Force Meeting
Monthly meetings held throughout Detroit with presentations from various union representatives about apprenticeship and employment requirements and opportunities.
Contact: Council President Brenda Jones: 313-224-1245 or 313-628-2993
Organization consisting of employer partners from around the State of Michigan, that have open job and career opportunities in construction.
Detroit Training Center
Offers customized vocational programs of study, tailored to meet the needs of individuals, contractors, governmental, and non-profit organizations.
Contact: Marcus Jones, 313-221-5876
Job training in machining and information technology, job readiness training, courses to upgrade math and reading skills, GED preparation.
Contact: Kevin Green, 313.494.4412
1200 Oakman Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan 48238
Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC)
The Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) recently launched its new, searchable database of transportation workforce resources, available by clicking on “Clearinghouse” in the top menu of our website. Among more than 1300 entries, you will find a variety of resources including pre-apprenticeship programs, internships, educational opportunities, professional development opportunities, scholarships, summer programs, and workforce development initiatives across the nine-state MTWC region, and beyond.
“Our vision for a Clearinghouse is that it will help us capture and define the collective work we are doing in this region. These transportation resources span the continuun from K-12 career awareness through professional development across all transportation occupations. With this database, we can determine where the gaps are and where we need to improve career pathways. As our communities prepare for the future of the transportation workforce, this kind of information will form a fundamental baseline for these planning discussions. We will be ready,” said Maria Hart, MTWC Program Manager.
Make sure your resource is listed. The MTWC Clearinghouse is always growing and improving. To get your resource listed (or to update a listing), please complete the MTWC Clearinghouse submission form. Or, send information to Maria Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bridges to Career Opportunities Program
- YouthBuild Construction Institute
- Remediation in math and reading, GED training, literacy and education, job readiness skills training, occupational skills training, vocational skills training.
Provides and offers support with obtaining your GED, stipends, incentives, scholarships and hands on construction training.
Contact: Mr. Thomas, 313-945-5200 ext. 4321
SER Youthbuild Construction Institute
Mental health counseling, job readiness skills training, occupational skills training, vocational skills training.
Contact: Linda West, 313.297.0070
3627 W. Vernor Highway
Detroit, Michigan 48216