Quality Preapprenticeship Program - Not Just Any Job

Our Quality Preapprenticeship 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 five-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 
  • 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 preapprenticeship 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

Preapprenticeship Information Session/Q&A Scheduled for July 29, 2021 

Join us in Davenport on Thursday, July 29, between 3:00-4:00 or 6:00-7:00 p.m. for an information/Q&A session: download flyer

Can't join us on July 29? View the recording of a previous information/Q&A session: Watch here (49 minutes)

Next Session Begins August 28, 2021

This 5-week session will follow a hybrid format--the Saturday sessions will be in person at the LULAC Club in Davenport while our Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions will be conducted on line (via Zoom). The next session begins August 28 and runs through October 2 (Tuesday & Thursdays, 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). The application deadline is August 24, 2021. 

On-line Application Form

Access the on-line application here

Downloadable Application Form

Download a pdf of the application here