Upcoming Opportunities

Upcoming Apprenticeship Opportunities

All construction 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.  


P2A will be holding a 1 hour information session about upcoming union apprenticeship opportunities in West Harlem, NYC on Tuesday, June 27th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Please email us by Friday, June 23rd if you would like to register for this session.  


Here are a few of the current openings: 


  1. Every day from June 21 - June 30, 2017 and then again on July 6th and July 7th  - from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - the Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 46 will be giving out applications for 50 lather (wood, wire, and metal) apprentices. Applications can be obtained at 61-02 32nd Avenue, Woodside, NY, on 06/21/17, 06/22/17, 06/23/17, 06/26/17, 06/27/17, 06/28/17, 06/29/17, 06/30/17, 07/06/17, and 07/07/17.   There is no limit to the number of applications that they will give out so there is no reason to stand in line in advance of the opening of the office!!  Applicants must present a valid photo identification, for verification purposes only, in order to receive an application. Applications must then be completed and returned by mail -- postmarked no later than 07/14/17.  For more info, you can call Local 46 at (718) 267-7500.


  1.  Beginning on June 30th (and once each month beginning in September, 2017), the Bricklayers, Local 1 will be conducting a recruitment for ten bricklayer-mason apprentices; five stone mason apprentices; ten pointer, caulker, & cleaner apprentices; and five plasterer apprentices.  Applications will be available at the International Masonry Institute, 12-07 44th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30.   There will be no admittance after 8:30 a.m.   A math and reading aptitude test will be conducted at the time of application. Testing will be held until 10:00 a.m. For more info, you can call Local 1 at (718) 706-9294.


  1.  On July 12, 2017 (and on the second Wednesday of each month through June 13, 2018), the Carpenters will conduct a recruitment for 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 person at 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 info, you can call the Carpenters at (212) 727-2224.


  1.  On June 20th (and on every 3rd Tuesday of each month through December 2017), the Finishing Trades Institute is 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 info, you can call the Finishing Trades Institute at (718) 937-7440.



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: