Pathway To Trades: PreApprentice Program


Welcome to "Pathway to Trades" Pre-Apprentice Program!

Are you ready to take the first step towards a new career in the trades industry? Our "Pathway to Trades" program offers comprehensive training in two key areas: Woodworking, and Metalworking, specifically designed to launch you into a rewarding career path. Whether you're considering a future apprenticeship, aspiring to start your own business, or seeking to explore a new career direction, our program provides the essential skills and knowledge to help you succeed.
Program Overview
"Pathway to Trades" is a twelve-week pre-apprentice program tailored for individuals looking to start a new career path in the trades industry. Participants choose one of two tracks—Woodworking, or Metalworking— and build a foundation of skills and knowledge to pursue a new career. Through a combination of instructional sessions, shop hours, project-based learning, and guest speaker sessions, participants will receive hands-on experience, practical skills, and industry insights to excel in their chosen trade.
  • Career Readiness: Prepare for a new career path in the trades industry, whether through future apprenticeships or entrepreneurship.
  • Skill Development: Gain proficiency in essential techniques and tools relevant to your chosen trade, whether it's woodworking or metalworking.
  • Safety Awareness: Learn and practice safety protocols to ensure a secure working environment for yourself and others.
  • Project Portfolio: Complete individual or group projects that demonstrate your mastery of the skills learned throughout the program.
  • Community Service: Serve the community of New Haven, particularly members who have been historically underrepresented, by providing access to training and opportunities in the trades.
Program Funding and Application Process
Participation in the program will be $1375. Thanks to a generous grant from Stanley Black & Decker, we are able to offer substantial sliding scale pricing for accepted applicants with a need. Please note that the program has a competitive application process. We encourage all interested individuals to apply, and selection will be based on various factors including motivation, commitment, and potential for success in the program.
How to Get Started

Getting started is easy! Simply browse our program offerings and choose the track that aligns with your interests and career goals—Woodworking or Metalworking. No prior experience is required—our program is specifically designed for individuals looking to start a new career path. Join us and take the first step towards a rewarding career in the trades industry!
Applications  for the first cohort will open around May 15th. The pilot cohort is expected to start July 1, 2024. For early access, please submit your name and area of interest in the form below. 
Draft Syllabi - (We're still fine tuning!) 

Draft Weekly Schedules




Program Application

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, we look forward to reading your submission. 


Unsure about which trade to pursue? Explore our GEMS or Foundations of Fabrication programs! These introductory courses serve as a gateway to the world of trades, offering participants an introductory experience in the Pathway to Trades disciplines, as well as many other related disciplines. Whether you're curious about crafting with wood, shaping metal, or exploring various trades, our programs provide the perfect starting point to discover your passion and chart your career path in the trades industry.