Build Your Future with Us

Apprentices in the building trades learn skills that lead to rewarding careers- and get paid well to do it. At Building Futures we assess your readiness for a union apprenticeship with a 5 week training and evaluation that includes hands-on tasks. If you’re ready, we’ll make the connection. If you’re close, we’ll help find the support you need to close the gap.

Our graduates who go on to pursue an apprenticeship earn money while they learn a trade and they enjoy great pay, full benefits, a pension and paid education and training.

Work in this industry isn’t for everyone. But if it’s the right fit, you’ll have far more than a “job.” You’ll have a career that will support a family, fill you with pride, and take you higher than you ever dreamed.

We Are Actively Seeking Women

Women who work in the trades earn great pay and benefits while enjoying a rewarding career transforming our cities and towns. Learn more about how women are building their careers in the trades.


At Building Futures you’ll earn:

  • Aerial Lift Certification;
  • Adult CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications;
  • OSHA 10;
  • Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) and,
  • RI State Apprenticeship Council Certification.

Building Futures is the only pre-apprenticeship program that is certified by the State of Rhode Island.

If you choose to take our optional welding course you’ll be able to add American Welding Society Certifications to your accomplishments.

Throughout out our program you’ll also get hands-on training and technical instruction, academic tutoring including support in preparing for your apprentice exam if you choose a trade with exams, emergency and support services, career counseling, and more.

How do I get started?

Anyone interested in participating in the Building Futures program must attend an orientation to make sure they understand how the program works. We offer orientations in January, May, and September. Orientation is followed by a comprehensive multi-step evaluation program that includes:

  • Assessment of each individual’s barriers to employment

  • Individualized services to help overcome employment barriers

  • Evaluation of participants’ employment readiness and whether their interests, goals and skills are a good match for the commercial construction industry

  • Hands-on basic construction training to prepare you for quality, registered apprenticeship in one of more than a dozen different skilled trades

  • Support in entering and succeeding in apprenticeships

We help build careers.

Participation in Building Futures is a long term investment in your career. We are not a job agency. Rather than help individuals find jobs, we help women and men build the foundation for a career in construction that starts in a first year apprenticeship. Apprentices learn while they earn working on a construction site, so your construction employment starts when you successfully enroll as an apprentice.