Frequently Asked Questions:
1.Can you help me find a job?
P2A helps people get into union apprenticeship programs (not jobs) and these
apprenticeship programs will lead to careers - not just a job.
In the meantime, we suggest that you get into a workforce development
program. If you live in Harlem or the Bronx, you can call West Harlem
Development Corporation (WHDC) at (646) 476-3394 or Northern
Manhattan Investment Corp. (NMIC) at (212) 822-8300. If you live in
other boroughs, you can call St Nick’s Alliance at (718) 302-2057 or
Rebuilding Together, New York City at (718) 488-8847.
You should also sign up for trainings through the New York City
program called Workforce 1
2.Do you charge for your classes or assistance?
No, our services are totally free of charge to our participants.
3. Can I get into a union construction apprenticeship if I don’t have a high school
Most union construction apprenticeships require that candidates have their
high school diploma or a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma (an HSE is a
test that used to be the GED, now it is called the TASC). There are many
agencies that can help you prepare for and take the TASC test. The TASC test
is a challenge but if you pass one section and fail another section, you can
re-take the section that you failed on a subsequent day.
A few of the building trades (such as the Cement and Concrete Workers)
require only the 10th grade.
4. I have a criminal record. Will a construction union still accept my application?
The building trades unions are looking for members who are timely, honest,
reliable, and who work hard. There are many successful building trades
workers with criminal records - this is not an obstacle in any way.
5. English is not my first language – how fluent in English do I need to be?
The building trades unions vary in terms of the fluency they require. As
workers need to be able to communicate with each other on a work site, basic
communication skills are necessary but there are many building trades
workers from other countries who do not speak English fluently. We can help
you sort out which opportunities may be best for your particular situation.
6. How often do apprenticeship open up?
Each building trades union has its own apprenticeship program and these
programs open up at varying times throughout the year. Some open up only
once per year – others open up once every 2 or 3 years. Building trades unions
only admit new apprentices when they know that there will be enough work for them. P2A issues an update on apprenticeship openings about once per
month and this update is posted on the website.