Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Construction Skills recruits and trains New York City public high school seniors and adult residents for careers in the unionized building and construction industry.

The training curriculum is designed to include “soft skills” such as professionalism and job readiness, “basic skills” such as math and industry overview, and “technical skills” such as aptitude or physical exam preparation.

Most importantly, the training curriculum includes “essential skills” such as an understanding of industry, employer, and apprenticeship program expectations, unionism, layoff practice and apprenticeship rules, proper work attire and safety equipment, break time and lunch time, and employer timesheets and overtime.

Construction Skills Pre-Apprenticeship Program includes curated elements of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3).

  • Orientation and Industry Awareness
  • Heritage of the American Worker
  • Basic Math for Construction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Construction Health and Safety
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Green Construction
  • Offshore Wind
  • Blueprint Reading


Simulated construction site experience helps participants acclimate to a typical construction site environment and hone skills such as teamwork, leadership, and safe work habits.

Additional Services include:

  • Trades Speaker Series
  • Union Apprenticeship Facility Tours
  • Interview Prep
  • Exam Prep
  • Resume Writing
  • OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health
  • SST 10-hour NYC Site Safety Training

Participants Earn:

  • Direct Entry Access
  • CSKILLS Completion Certificate
  • NABTU Completion Certificate

Direct Entry

Participants who successfully complete the Construction Skills pre-apprenticeship training earn a Direct Entry referral to a unionized apprenticeship program for which they are qualified. Direct Entry simply exempts qualified candidates from the General Recruitment, however, candidates must meet any and all entrance requirements.


Contact us today to
start your career in the
Unionized Building and
Construction Trades

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Construction Skills is Dedicated to Preparing a Trained & Skilled Workforce

Construction Skills provides the training and the access to the exciting and rewarding careers available in the unionized construction industry. Our graduates are not only helping to shape New York City’s skyline—they are building bright futures. 

Adult NYC Resident Application Process

Attend an Information and Testing Session

Submit an Application

To register for an information and testing session submit your contact information below. You will receive an invitation via email once recruitment for an upcoming Adult program cycle begins.

NYC Public High School Senior Youth Application Process

STEP 1. Express your interest to a school administrator

STEP 2. Obtain a referral to Construction Skills from your school administrator

STEP 3. School administrator submits application on your behalf

Please note: The program is open to all NYC Public High School Seniors who qualify. Have a school administrator reach out to for assistance.