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). The next series begins November 9 and runs through November 20 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day). The application deadline is November 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