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 

We recorded an earlier information/Q&A session: Watch here (49 minutes)

Next Session Begins October 18, 2022

This 5-week session begins Tuesday, October 18 and ends Saturday, November 19.  Most of the sessions will be held in person at UI Research Park in Coralville, though some of the Tuesday/Thursday evening sessions will be conducted via Zoom. The Tuesday/Thursday sessions are held 5:00-9:00 p.m., while Saturday sessions meet from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Application deadline is October 7Download flyer (pdf)

On-line Application Form

Access the on-line application here

Downloadable Application Form

Download a pdf of the application here