The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative gives participants the opportunity to progress from 1) pre-apprenticeship training to 2) apprenticeship to 3) higher education. These steps look different depending on whether someone is pursuing the construction or hospitality pathway. Read on to learn more.

Hospitality Pathway

1) Pre-apprenticeship
BEST Hospitality Training provides 6-week pre-apprenticeship training in hospitality. BEST trains pre-apprentices in housekeeping skills and customer service norms and helps place graduates into apprenticeships with union hotels.

2) Apprenticeship
Housekeeping apprentices are placed at such world-class Boston hotels as the Sheraton, Fairmont Copley Plaza, and Boston Park Plaza, among many others. Apprentices earn initial wages starting at $17 per hour and can work toward journey-level wages starting at $21 per hour.

3) Higher education
Hospitality apprentices will be able to earn a total of 12 credits toward an Associate in Hospitality Management degree at Bunker Hill Community College. Apprentices earning college credit at Bunker Hill can also apply for financial support from GBAAI toward the completion of their degree.

 

Construction Pathway

1) Pre-apprenticeship
Training in construction is offered by two different organizations, Building Pathways and YouthBuild Boston. Building Pathways provides a 6-week pre-apprenticeship program for all priority populations. YouthBuild Boston provides a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program geared specifically toward young adults ages 18-27. In both programs, pre-apprentices learn job readiness skills, complete important industry certifications (such as OSHA and CPR), and gain exposure to the variety of trades in which apprenticeships are available. The pre-apprenticeship programs also help place enrollees into apprenticeships.

2) Apprenticeship
Apprentices work alongside master crafts-men and -women to learn a particular trade in-depth. Apprenticeships are available for electricians, bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, laborers, and more. Apprentices in construction trades earn initial wages starting at $19 per hour and can work toward journey-level wages starting at $35 per hour.

3) Higher education
Apprentices in five select trades – carpenters, electricians, sheet metal workers, pipefitters, and iron workers – can earn college credit for their work through Wentworth Institute of Technology. Up to 32 college credits (half the required credits for an associate degree) will be granted for their apprenticeship work. Apprentices earning college credit at Wentworth can apply for financial support from GBAAI toward the completion of their degree.

Learn more about the construction pre-apprenticeship training program at Building Pathways:

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