no cost, but advanced registration is required
Many people in low-skill, low-wage jobs look to the trades and think, “It’s too hard to get in.” Each of the 17 apprenticeship trades has its own application procedures and qualifying tests. But this high-growth industry consistently provides family-supporting wages and benefits. And the industry is looking to expand opportunities for people from low-income households, women, and people of color. So how do we bridge the gap?
The six-week Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training (START) program, offered at the LCEC and several other locations around Madison, leaves participants ready for any of the apprenticeship trades.
START begins with an overview of working conditions, application procedures, selection processes, and qualifying tests used for each of the trades. Then, Monday night instruction covers math and measurement, resume writing/interview skills, blueprint reading, personal finance, and OSHA Hazard Recognition — all of it tailored to each participant’s reading and math ability and the trade test s/he will be required to pass. Tutoring and supervised on-site experiences on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays further prepare participants for their qualifying trade tests. Feedback from participants and contractors is overwhelmingly positive.