Upcoming Opportunities

Upcoming Apprenticeship Opportunities


All union apprenticeship openings in New York State can be found on the New York State Department of Labor website:  https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/apprenticeshiparchive.shtm.  There are more openings listed on the DOL website than are listed here.  For each of these apprenticeships, you must have a high school diploma or GED/TASC.  You must also be able to lift and carry materials weighing at least 50 lbs. Here are a few of the current openings:


On Monday, August 28th, the Cement Masons, Local #780 will begin giving out 300 applications at 150-50 14th Road, Whitestone, NYfrom 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. As only 300 applications will be given out, you need to arrive several hours before the office opens at 8:00 a.m.  The requirements are shown here:  https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/currentrecruitments/cement-masons-lu780-july-26-2017.shtm


Beginning on August 21st, the Electricians, Local 3 will be making applications available for 50 electrician apprentices.  To get an application, you must write a letter with your name and address and zip code and go to a post office and send this by REGISTERED MAIL to WFJEATC, P. O. Box 408, White Plains, NY 10602.   These letters will be accepted for 10 days or until 1,000 registered letters have been received, whichever occurs first.   You must keep the post office receipt for the registered letter.   You cannot send a letter that is postmarked earlier than August 21, 2017.  Please also note that in addition to a high school diploma or GED, you must have a drivers license and proof that you have lived in NYC (within 60 miles of White Plains) for the past 2 years.  They will then mail you an application. Completed applications must then be mailed to WFJEATC, 200 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605 and postmarked no later than October 13, 2017.   When you submit your application, there is a non-refundable application fee of $25, which may be waived upon proof of financial need.  For more information, click here: https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/currentrecruitments/electricians-usis-january-17-2017.shtm


On September 20th and on the second Wednesday of each month through 6/13/18, the Carpenters will be conducting a recruitment for 100 high rise concrete carpenters, 25 piledriver/dockbuilder apprentices; 20 linoleum, resilient tile, and carpet layer apprentices; 10 cabinet maker apprentices; and 10 millwright apprentices.  Applications must be obtained in personat the NYCDCC Training Center, 395 Hudson Street (Clarkson Street entrance), New York City, NY.   Applications will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. ONLY. There will be no admittance after 7:30 a.m. Applicants must provide government-issued picture identification to get an application. Applications will include an instruction sheet regarding the requirements to return the application.  For more information, click here: https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/currentrecruitments/carpenters-jatc-nyc-december-16-2016.shtm and https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/currentrecruitments/carpenters-jatc-nyc-june-06-2017.shtm


On September 19th (and on the third Tuesday of each month through 12/19/17), the Finishing Trades Institute (Painters) will be giving out applications for Metal Refinisher apprentices.  Applications are available at the Finishing Trades Institute of New York, 45-15 36th Street, Long Island City, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For more information, click here: https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/currentrecruitments/metal-refinishers-finishing-trades-institute-november-29-2016.shtm


For more information about these recruitments, please see the DOL website (website address above) or the P2A website or contact us and we will send you a detailed notice about any of these apprenticeship opportunities. And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.


A union construction career is a solid pathway to a stable and comfortable middle class life. Wages can start at over $50,000/year plus health insurance and retirement benefits and the only requirements are a high school diploma, a positive mental attitude, and a commitment to being hardworking and reliable. The best way to get into a union construction career is through a union construction apprenticeship and P2A helps people from low-income communities access these union apprenticeship opportunities.

The NYC construction industry unions (also called the building and construction trades) include the Laborers, the Bricklayers, the Painters, the Ironworkers, the Carpenters, the Sheet Metal Workers, the Electricians, the Boilermakers, the Steelworkers, the Plumbers, the Cement Workers, and more. The apprenticeships for these unions open up at different times during the year -- some open up only once per year, others only every 2 or 3 years. Each union has its recruitment method and strict rules regarding how to apply. Generally, only a limited number of applications (such as 300 or 1000) will be made available at any particular time. For example, the Laborers, Local 79 has an on-line recruitment, which is generally over within 2 minutes. The Plumbers and Carpenters unions offer a limited number of paper applications available at their offices, for which people will line up a night or two before the office opens on that recruitment day. Others unions, such as the Sheet Metal Workers and Boilermakers, require that applicants take a reading and math aptitude test at the time of the application, and only applicants who score above a certain level will be contacted.

P2A assists applicants with these application processes and conducts pre-apprenticeship classes to assist applicants in preparing for their interviews and with the apprenticeship process in general. P2A also sends out email updates on when these union construction apprenticeships open up and conducts info sessions on these apprenticeship opportunities at community organizations and public agencies throughout New York City. Much of the work of P2A is done by P2A peer mentors – full-time building trades apprentices who also serve as peer mentors for applicants and new apprentices.

To join the P2A community, all you need to do is sign up on the P2A mailing list with an email address and cell phone number.

You can click on any of these sites for more detail on all open apprenticeships in New York City: