Celebrate Building Futures’ 15th Anniversary

15 Years of Expanding Equity Through Registered Apprenticeship

Thursday, November 17

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Farm Fresh RI

10 Sims Ave. Providence, RI 02909


Honoring Partners in Registered Apprenticeship

Innovation in Apprenticeship Award
Family Childcare Providers & SEIU Education & Support Fund

For their work in creating the first in the nation registered apprenticeship program to support sole proprietor family childcare providers in increasing skills, early childhood education credentials, and earning power.

Impact via Apprenticeship Award
President Paxson, Brown University

For Brown’s commitment to apprenticeship utilization in construction projects. Brown University was the first institutional partner to adapt apprenticeship utilization goals and monitoring on their large-scale construction projects. Brown’s commitment has paved the way for hundreds of Rhode Islanders to launch rewarding careers while helping to develop the construction workforce.

Emerging Practice in Apprenticeship Award
Professional Ambulance & Alvarez High School

For their intentional partnership to design a Career and Technical Education program of study in a high school setting aligned with Professional Ambulance’s Emergency Medical Technician apprenticeship program.

Building Futures launched 15 years ago to address an unprecedented challenge. The supply of skilled construction workers was shrinking while many in our communities were experiencing poverty and unemployment. Our construction pre-apprenticeship program was part of the solution.

Since that first pre-apprenticeship class in 2007, Building Futures continues to innovate and develop new solutions to workforce challenges – and we have a lot to celebrate:

  • 360+ construction pre-apprenticeship graduates have launched careers via high-quality Registered Apprenticeship programs in the building trades unions.
  • Our partnership with DLT has expanded the use of Registered Apprenticeship to 50 new occupations beyond construction, employing more than 1,700 new apprentices in Rhode Island’s high-growth industries like healthcare, manufacturing, green and plant-based industries, information technology, commercial fishing, and education.
  • We continue to help address the opioid and substance-use crisis in Rhode Island, implementing trainings for prevention, education, rescue, and recovery and changing industry culture –  and developing apprenticeship programs to train front-line care workers.
  • Building Green Futures is our new(est) Apprenticeship Readiness program for young adults, helping them gain vital career skills while expanding urban tree canopy. To date, 35 young adults have graduated this 5-week program and planted more than 300 trees in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls.
  • And so much more…

Partnerships make our work possible – so let’s celebrate this work together as we look ahead to deepening our impact in Rhode Island.