Workforce Development

Apprenticeship Opportunities:

Close to 20 separate apprentice training programs are available in the Greater Philadelphia area. These typically combine on the job training with classroom instruction. To learn more about apprenticeship opportunities contact the Philadelphia Apprenticeship Coordinators Association (PACA).

Apprenticeships are available through one of the Philadelphia area building trades’ apprenticeship programs.


Visit the following sites for more information:


Build Your Career in Construction


Other Opportunities:

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia

Started in 2000 the ACE Mentor Program gives local high school students the opportunity to learn more about careers in architecture, construction and engineering. To learn more about becoming a mentor or enrolling a student, contact ACE Mentor Program. ( )


Charter High School for Architecture + Design (CHAD)

The Charter High School for Architecture + Design was started in 1999 by the Philadelphia Chapter of AIA and GBCA, as a Legacy Project in conjunction with the AIA National Convention. Today CHAD engages and educates Philadelphia students through the power of design thinking and introduction to creative career opportunities. To learn more about opportunities to enroll contact CHAD (, or to get involved with the GBCA Hard Hat Club at CHAD contact Angela Hendrix at The GBCA Hard Hat Club offers students at CHAD the opportunity to tour local job sites and engage with our members to learn more about careers in construction.


Mercy CTE High School

Mercy Career & Technical High School (Mercy CTE) provides an immersive, project-based education to prepare students for what’s next, whether it be entering the workforce to start a career or continuing their education after graduation. Founded in 1950, the school is deeply rooted in the Catholic faith and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy, backed by a legacy of proven success. The Building Trades CTE program meets the job needs of the Philadelphia area. This program provides skills needed for the building trades, property maintenance, and construction field. Students gain relevant, classroom, and hands-on experience in carpentry, construction management, facility maintenance, electricity, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and plumbing. Visit Mercy CTE to learn more about the Building Trades program ( ).


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

YouthBuild Philly was founded to give high school dropouts a second chance and the opportunity to build a brighter future for themselves and their community.  YouthBuild’s innovative program offers young at-risk adults a high school diploma, valuable job skills, and the opportunity to learn and grow in a community-oriented, supportive environment. Through YouthBuild’s Building Trades track, students transform abandoned properties into comfortable and affordable homes for first-time, low-income home buyers. Since 1992, YouthBuild Philly students have refurbished over 80 homes in Philadelphia. YouthBuild offers three training tracks in construction: Green Building, Advanced Construction, and Building and Deconstruction. Visit YouthBuild Philadelphia to learn more ( ).


Apprentice Ready Training:

The General Building Contractors Association supports two apprentice ready training programs.


Construction Apprentice Preparatory Program (CAPP)

CAPP is a training program that teaches participants the core skills required to pass the construction and building trade unions’ apprenticeship tests.


Carpenters Apprentice Ready Program (CARP)

In partnership with the Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee of Philadelphia & Vicinity, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and the General Building Contractors of America, CARP is 6-week long, apprentice ready training program that gives participants math and skills training and prepares Philadelphia residents to take the Carpenters Apprenticeship Exam and begin careers in union carpentry.


For more information on apprentice ready programs, contact Angela Hendrix at