Upcoming Opportunities

Upcoming Apprenticeship Opportunities

We begin this update with an apology - our 9/8/17 Update had a TYPO - the Carpenters recruitment is on the second Wednesday of each month thru 6/13/18 – it will happen again on October 9th. Our apologies to those of you who went today (9/19) - if you did go today, please call us at 917-887-0744. Please see below for upcoming recruitments on 9/29 (Bricklayers) and 10/9 (Plasterers) and 10/28 (Elevator Constructors).


P2A assists people from low-income communities to get into and succeed in NYC building trades (construction union) apprenticeships.  The way to get into a NYC building trade union is through one of their "apprenticeship" programs. If you get in, you learn a trade while working (and being paid). Building trades apprentices earn a high hourly wage, are trained to work safely, get health and retirement benefits, and have the security of regular employment. We at P2A help people access these great opportunities.


Below are some of the current apprenticeship openings. For all 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. If you need to get your GED/TASC, contact us and we will connect you with someone who can help you. Here are a few of the current openings - contact us if you have any questions or would like our help in preparing your application or resume: 


  1. On September 29th(and again each month thru May, 2018), the Bricklayers will be giving out applications for 30 different types of bricklayer apprentices (bricklayer-mason; stone mason, pointer, caulker & cleaner, and plasterers). Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and they will give an aptitude test at the time of application. The address is the International Masonry Institute, 12-07 44th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. We can help you prepare for the practice test and we can review your resume. As the last recruitment was in May, a line will probably start a few hours before 8:00 a.m. Please contact us for more information about this opportunity. Click here for more information: Dept of Labor Notice of Bricklayers Apprenticeship Recruitment.


  1. From October 9 - October 20, the Plasterers, Local 262 will conduct a recruitment 10 plasterer apprentices. You must go to Local Union #262, 150-50 14th Road, Queens, NY, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., to fill out an application. Click here for more information: Dept of Labor Notice on Plasterers Recruitment


  1. On Saturday, October 28th, at 10:00 a.m. sharp, the Elevator Constructors, Local 1 will be having an ONLINE recruitment. While the recruitment is scheduled to be from October 28 - November 11, it will end after they receive 1,250 applications so it will probably be over shortly after 10:00 a.m. on the first day! Local 1 will post all 1,250 applicants on its website at www.localoneiuec.comonce they have been received. If you get in, you will then have to take the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test and get a score of at least 70. You will also have to pay a testing fee of $25.00 on the testing day although this fee can be waived with variable proof of financial need. P2A will have computers available on October 28 and we will assist with test preparation. If you are interested in Local 1, please contact us as soon as possible. Click here for more information: Dept of Labor Notice on Elevator Constructors Recruitment


  1. On October 9th (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: Dept of Labor Notice on Carpenters Apprenticeship Opening and Dept of Labor Notice on Carpenter Apprenticeship Openings (Piledriver/Dockbuilder, Linoleum, Resilient Tile, and Carpet Layer.


We can send you more information about any of these apprenticeships. Please contact us with any questions. All union apprenticeship openings in New York State can be found on the New York State Department of Labor website, which you can see here: https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/apprenticeshiparchive.shtm.  There are more openings listed on the DOL website than are listed here. We are here to help - contact us!


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: