CTWI seeks to create, support, and expand high-quality MC3 pre-apprenticeship training programs that are aligned with workforce development efforts to ensure that underrepresented populations have access to quality training and opportunities in the union construction trades.
Our organization strives to support school districts, community colleges, community based organizations, prisons, program participants, and employers by offering the following services:
- Expand, authorize and help new training partners (CBOs, K-12 unified school districts, community colleges and jails/prisons) implement the MC3 curriculum.
- Support organizations in navigating the robust apprenticeship system like application openings, test dates and requirements per trade.
- Coordinate with the union trades on delivering trade specific lessons and tours of their training facilities.
- Facilitate networking opportunities that both unions and participants can leverage.
- Conduct best practices workshops for MC3 program partners so that their training aligns with the needs of the various apprenticeship programs.
- Educate and expose students, school staff, and families to career opportunities in the union construction trades through informational workshops.
- Align existing Career Technical Education (CTE) curriculums with the Building Trades’ MC3 curriculum to establish certified and nationally recognized Pre-Apprenticeship Programs.
- Enlist apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship coordinators to create a mentoring program for high school seniors who are seriously considering a career in the trades upon graduation.
- Coordinate high school summer internship programs with participating pre-apprenticeship program partner.
- Expand test preparation courses for the mechanical trades, and share test preparation and oral interview curriculum to supplement the MC3 curriculum.
- Collaborate with union business managers to establish an agreement that specifies the weight that an MC3 graduate holds when applying to an apprenticeship program.
- Work with the Alameda and Contra Costa Building Trades Council to include language in regional PLAs/CWAs that includes ‘underrepresented population’ language in order to create new employment slots for MC3 graduates.