Workforce Development

Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Results from a National Survey

July 1, 2009  • Maureen Conway & Allison Gerber

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This publication by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative shares findings from a WSI-conducted survey of pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction trades. Based on responses from 260 programs nationwide, the report presents information about program size, services offered, populations served, funding sources, and successes and challenges in placing trainees in apprenticeships or jobs. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the impetus for the project was a desire to explore the capacity of the workforce system to prepare individuals – particularly low-income and minority jobseekers – for jobs in the construction industry. It is hoped that the report will contribute to discussions about the need for investment in skills training and about ways to ensure that apprenticeships and construction-related jobs are open to more low-income, minority and women candidates.