OUR WORK

CTWI’s strong relationships with our local Building Trades Councils, Workforce Development Boards, Unions, Contractors, Corrections Partners, approved MC3 Pre-Apprenticeship programs and others has enabled us to join forces on innovative grant funded projects. See below for just some of the work we’ve done.

5 NEW MC3 PROGRAMS 

Through leveraging PLAs/CWAs, CTWI established 5 new MC3 Pre-apprenticeship programs through partnerships with  San Leandro Unified School District, Camp Sweeney Juvenile Detention Center and Contra Costa Office of Education. These programs will expand and diversify outreach, recruitment and entry into the union construction trades for the youth and formerly incarcerated populations. In addition to developing their programs, CTWI also continues to connect unions and contractors to their participants and assist in developing and teaching portions of the curriculum.

TEST PREPARATION FOR THE TRADES ENTRANCE EXAMS

The process to get into the skilled trades (electricians, plumbers, fitters) is very competitive and requires a candidate to pass both a math, mechanical and oral exam. Currently, only 5 – 10% of the labor pool passes these rigorous exams. To address this challenge, CTWI partnered with the trades to develop a test prep curriculum and course to help students improve their performance. 

OUR RESULTS

-14 of the 17 students enrolled in the course passed and got accepted into the union apprenticeship program of their choice. 

-Enrollment in the class increased by 50% the following year.  

– ⅓ of Sprinklerfitter 483’s new apprentice cohort were recruited from our test prep class due to high test results.

MC3 LANGUAGE IN PLAs & JATCs STANDARDS

CTWI advocated for preferential treatment and expedited entry of MC3 graduates into union apprenticeship programs. JATCs including the Brick Layers, Plasterers, Operating Engineers, Sheet Metal, IBEW and District Council 16 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades now all provide expedited entry for MC3 graduates into their apprenticeship programs. In addition, all new PLAs will include MC3 program graduates as one of the targeted populations for contractors to employ in order to meet hiring goals.

CONSTRUCTION PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR EX-OFFENDERS

CTWI established a pre-apprenticeship program inside Santa Rita Jail  servicing over 100 males and females. As a part of the program, CTWI facilitated workshops and networking events where union representatives provided an overview of their craft, application process and employment opportunities. Currently, 5 participants from our program have been released and are now pursuing additional training at one of our partners’ post release pre-apprenticeship programs where they are working towards entry into apprenticeship.

BUILDING OAKLAND’S CONSTRUCTION TRADES PIPELINE

CTWI brought business, education, labor, and workforce organizations together to ensure that Oakland residents from underrepresented backgrounds and/or barriers to employment have opportunities to participate in the rebuilding of construction projects taking place in their city, particularly major public, private, and infrastructure-related construction projects.

CONNECTING IMMIGRANT WORKERS TO UNIONIZED TRADES

CTWI offered strategies, resources, and best practices to employers, unions, apprenticeship and workforce development programs, to address the perceived and actual barriers to employment for an immigrant labor force.

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP FOR THE CLEAN ECONOMY

CTWI conducted research and provided recommendations to state and local Building Trade Councils and  JATC programs on how labor can lead the way in California’s shift to renewable energy. Research included ways to ensure that low-income workers who face difficult employment prospects have a pathway into high-quality jobs in the clean energy economy.

CTWI’s strong relationships with our local Building Trades Councils, Workforce Development Boards, Unions, Contractors, Corrections Partners, approved MC3 Pre-Apprenticeship programs and others has enabled us to join forces on innovative grant funded projects. See below for just some of the work we’ve done.

5 NEW MC3 PROGRAMS 

Through leveraging PLAs/CWAs, CTWI established 5 new MC3 Pre-apprenticeship programs through partnerships with  San Leandro Unified School District, Camp Sweeney Juvenile Detention Center and Contra Costa Office of Education. These programs will expand and diversify outreach, recruitment and entry into the union construction trades for the youth and formerly incarcerated populations. In addition to developing their programs, CTWI also continues to connect unions and contractors to their participants and assist in developing and teaching portions of the curriculum.

TEST PREPARATION FOR THE TRADES ENTRANCE EXAMS

The process to get into the skilled trades (electricians, plumbers, fitters) is very competitive and requires a candidate to pass both a math, mechanical and oral exam. Currently, only 5 – 10% of the labor pool passes these rigorous exams. To address this challenge, CTWI partnered with the trades to develop a test prep curriculum and course to help students improve their performance. 

OUR RESULTS

-14 of the 17 students enrolled in the course passed and got accepted into the union apprenticeship program of their choice. 

-Enrollment in the class increased by 50% the following year.  

– ⅓ of Sprinklerfitter 483’s new apprentice cohort were recruited from our test prep class due to high test results.

MC3 LANGUAGE IN PLAs & JATCs STANDARDS

CTWI advocated for preferential treatment and expedited entry of MC3 graduates into union apprenticeship programs. JATCs including the Brick Layers, Plasterers, Operating Engineers, Sheet Metal, IBEW and District Council 16 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades now all provide expedited entry for MC3 graduates into their apprenticeship programs. In addition, all new PLAs will include MC3 program graduates as one of the targeted populations for contractors to employ in order to meet hiring goals.

CONSTRUCTION PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR EX-OFFENDERS

CTWI established a pre-apprenticeship program inside Santa Rita Jail  servicing over 100 males and females. As a part of the program, CTWI facilitated workshops and networking events where union representatives provided an overview of their craft, application process and employment opportunities. Currently, 5 participants from our program have been released and are now pursuing additional training at one of our partners’ post release pre-apprenticeship programs where they are working towards entry into apprenticeship.

BUILDING OAKLAND’S CONSTRUCTION TRADES PIPELINE

CTWI brought business, education, labor, and workforce organizations together to ensure that Oakland residents from underrepresented backgrounds and/or barriers to employment have opportunities to participate in the rebuilding of construction projects taking place in their city, particularly major public, private, and infrastructure-related construction projects.

CONNECTING IMMIGRANT WORKERS TO UNIONIZED TRADES

CTWI offered strategies, resources, and best practices to employers, unions, apprenticeship and workforce development programs, to address the perceived and actual barriers to employment for an immigrant labor force.

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP FOR THE CLEAN ECONOMY

CTWI conducted research and provided recommendations to state and local Building Trade Councils and  JATC programs on how labor can lead the way in California’s shift to renewable energy. Research included ways to ensure that low-income workers who face difficult employment prospects have a pathway into high-quality jobs in the clean energy economy.