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 February 5, 2022

This 5-week session will be taught in a hybrid format (virtual and in person) beginning Saturday, February 5 and ending Thursday, March 10.  The Tuesday/Thursday sessions will be conducted via Zoom, between 5:00-9:00 p.m., while Saturday sessions will meet face to face at UI Research Park in Coralville, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Application deadline is February 1Download flyer (pdf)

On-line Application Form

Access the on-line application here

Downloadable Application Form

Download a pdf of the application here