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Pre-Apprenticeship Program

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a pathway to entry into a Registered Apprenticeship training program, designed to lead to a quality career in a skilled trade. The Labor Center’s high quality pre-apprenticeship program details:

  • High school students aged 17 or older can enroll prior to graduation
  • Five weeks of classroom instruction and hands-on training in the evening and Saturdays. Includes approved curriculum and meets standards set by the US Department of Labor.
  • Works in partnership with Registered Apprenticeship programs in construction trades located across Iowa.
  • Helps prepare Iowans to succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship by offering orientation, consultation, direct connections to training, apprenticeship readiness courses, and additional support that continues into the Registered Apprenticeship program.

Certificate of Completion of the Pre-Registered Apprenticeship Program includes:

  • An OSHA-10 Certificate
  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • GPRO Green Construction Certification
  • Math refresher and preparation for required apprenticeship entrance exams
  • Curriculum covering essentials like trades awareness, handling tools, blueprint reading, workplace diversity, financial literacy, time management, and more
  • Hands-on experience in one or more trades to test the student’s interests and abilities
  • Introductions to registered apprenticeship training program coordinators and tours of training facilities
  • Application assistance and interview preparation

Visit for more information and upcoming program dates.

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