Quality Pre-apprenticeship Program - Not Just Any Job

Our Quality Pre-apprenticeship Program prepares Iowans to qualify for and complete a skilled trades apprenticeship. Registered apprenticeship provides high-quality “earn while you learn” job training with pay from day one, no student debt, and a path to a skilled trades career with living wages and benefits. Our four-week program is free and open to all Iowans. We are actively recruiting women, people of color, veterans, and workers with disabilities.

Course highlights include:

  • Exposure to 16 different skilled trades and industry awareness
  • Math and test preparation
  • Introduction to tools, materials, and blueprint reading
  • Recognized multi-craft core curriculum (MC3)
  • First Aid/CPR, and OSHA 10 safety certifications (due to COVID-19, some certifications may be delayed, depending on when in-person instruction is allowed)
  • Communication, time management, financial literacy, and interviewing skills​​​​
  • Improved chance of acceptance into a paid registered apprenticeship training program in construction or advanced manufacturing
  • Connections to eastern Iowa apprenticeship training coordinators, and support toward success in completing training

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pre-apprenticeship program?  Read this fact sheet for more information: download pdf

Is a career in the construction trades for you? Have questions about the various trades? Read this booklet for more information: download pdf

Pre-apprenticeship Information Session/Q&A 

Our June 24 information/Q&A session was recorded. Watch here (49 minutes)

We've Moved Online

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are holding classes online (via Zoom). Our current series of classes began July 21. The next series will begin September 15 and run through October 17.  The application deadline is September 4. Read more about the program: download pdf

On-line Application Form

Access the on-line application here

Downloadable Application Form

Download a pdf of the application here