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Interested in a career in construction?
Utah Women in Trades, the Utah Building and Construction Trade Council, and resources provided by Salt Lake County have created a pre-apprenticeship program designed to remove obstacles women face when pursuing a new career and prepare women for apprenticeship in the building and construction trades.
This 12-20 week program, based on individual needs, will teach students about the different trade options that are available, including plumbing, pipefitting, HVAC & R, Sheet metal, electrical, ironworking, laborers, and more.
In the Pre-Apprenticeship program, students will gain entry-level occupational skills based on industry standards, such as job site safety and tool safety, along with other job readiness skills. Students will also receive academic guidance to help them successfully take the Union Apprenticeship aptitude entry exams.
Program Requirements:
  • Be willing to safely perform or learn to safely perform the essential functions of the general construction industry.

  • Attend and successfully pass all related instructions. Understand and follow all program rules and policies.
  • Read, hear, speak, and understand instructions and warnings in English.

  • Physical requirements such as pushing, pulling, crawling, crouching, and working in confined spaces such as attics, sewer holes, and crawlspaces. Lift 25–50-pound objects consistently, and use various hand and power-assisted tools.

  • Must be capable of completing all the requirements of the pre-apprenticeship program with or without reasonable accommodation.

Program Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED (or a willingness to obtain it)
  • Social Security Card 
  • Reliable transportation
  • Pass a drug test
  • Residency in Salt Lake County       
  • 18+ years of age
  • State issued ID
  • Driver's license (or a willingness to obtain it)
  • Citizenship or eligible immigrant status.  
  • Verifiable income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline for three months immediately preceding program entry.
We are dedicated to doing what we can to eliminate obstacles on your path to a career in the construction industry. Please continue with the application if you do not meet the above-listed qualifications. We may be able to connect you with resources to help you meet the minimum requirements. 
Utah Women in Trades knows that individual circumstances play a large role in how and when obstacles arise. Each participant may be eligible for financial assistance to help mitigate some of those obstacles. The obstacles that emergency funds can be used to overcome include, but are not limited to: additional tutoring, education courses, exam/licensing fees, apprenticeship application and testing fees, season-appropriate work clothes, and required tools. 
Program Schedules:
There will be 12 hours per week of classroom instruction. Some courses within the program may require an occasional Saturday commitment and cohorts will range between 12-20 weeks in duration, depending on which cohort the student is enrolled in.  The full schedule for each cohort will be selected based on availability and individual needs at the time of enrollment.
Apprenticeship Programs
After successfully completing this program, students will be mentored through a process to apply for acceptance into various construction trade apprenticeship programs. By this time, the student should have an idea if the trades are the right place for them and which trades they wish to pursue. If they are accepted into the Building Trades Apprenticeship Program, they will also be sent to an affiliated employer for on-the-job training (OTJ) where they will earn wages and benefits while they learn their chosen trade.
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Page Last Updated: Jan 03, 2024 (11:42:56)
Utah Women in Trades
PO Box 543
West Jordan, UT 84084

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