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Recruitment On For Apprenticeship Readiness Program Training Class

The Valley Building Trades Council is recruiting 17 individuals for an innovative program that prepares workers for public infrastructure and other construction jobs. The Multi-Craft Apprenticeship Readiness Program will teach valuable skills and allow participants to explore the different union construction trades. The six-week course is open to all residents of Stanislaus and the surrounding counties. The course is being made possible by the State of California Workforce Development Board – High Road Construction Careers and the SB1 Grant Program.

“Students who are accepted will be exposed to over fifteen different skilled trades and after graduating the MC-3 course will decide the best apprentice career path that suits their needs. Each of these earn as you learn apprentice careers have no tuition costs, include benefits, retirement, and a wage that increases through progression of the three- to five-year apprenticeship program,” said Luis Montalbo, President of the Valley BTC.

“This is exactly the type of course that will get someone who does not have a lot of experience in the construction industry ready to be successful,” added Nick Weathers, North Valley Regional MC3 Lead Coordinator. “The certifications and exposure that they will receive will make them much more desirable to contractors and union apprenticeship programs”.

The course starts on Monday, Jan. 30 and will be eight-hour school days, Monday through Friday at UA local 442’s training center in Modesto. Participants will receive a robust training curriculum which will include getting their OSHA 10 certification, blueprint reading, forklift certification, intro to electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and more.

Applicants will be screened for eligibility which includes possession of a valid driver’s license, high school diploma or GED, and the ability to pass a drug test. Deadline for applications is Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

To apply for the program, register at or call Salena Durrell at (209) 905-1731 with questions.