Background & Mission


With recent area retirements and sustained economic growth, we need to recruit and train the next generation of Bay Area builders. As the non profit partner of the Building & Construction Trades in the East Bay, CTWI’s direct relationship with the unions has provided us with a deep understanding of each of the 27 apprenticeship training programs (specifically related to the requirements needed to enter, the unique application processes and the hard and soft skills needed to become a successful apprentice). Our expertise in this field has allowed us to support our MC3 pre-apprenticeship training programs in high schools, jails and in local community based organizations. Through our strong partnerships with our pre-apprenticeship programs, we have been able to evaluate their training practices to ensure that they align with the needs of each union apprenticeship program. We offer our MC3 partners support on program design and curriculum development and create lasting connections between training partners and the building trades apprenticeship community, who provide trade specific knowledge, guest lecturers, and tours of their training facilities.

Our Mission

As the nonprofit partner of the Building Trades, CTWI strengthens employment pipelines into family sustaining careers in the union construction trades and other industries by empowering the next generation of builders impacted by economic and social injustices. We bridge the gap between organized labor and community stakeholders (job seekers, contractors, public agencies, and training partners) through education, research and technical assistance leading to a more inclusive, highly trained and safe workforce.

Our goal is to produce a pipeline of local, diverse, safe and highly-skilled workers that are adequately trained to complete complex construction projects on time and within budget. Each and every stakeholder benefits when this goal is achieved:

I) Joint Apprentice Training Committees (JATCs)

  • UNIONS gain higher caliber apprentices and increased retention rates.
  • CONTRACTORS gain safe, highly-skilled workers, and are better equipped to meet PLA hiring targets.

II) MC3 TRAINEES gain access tolife-changing, family-sustaining careers.

III) BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL LEADERS are better able to negotiate more PLAs, helping increase union market share.