Building Futures

Building Futures is a job training program that helps low-income men and women prepare to enter one of 12 different construction apprenticeship programs. Over the last 13 years they have placed nearly 300 graduates into the skilled construction trades including as electricians, laborers, carpenters, iron workers, plumber/pipefitters, painters/tapers, brick and tile layers, sheet metal workers, etc.

Industry Focus: Commercial Construction (not house building)

Location: 1 Acorn Street, Providence

Phone: 401-919-5919 Email: Website:

Training: 5 week, hands-on pre-apprenticeship training in basic construction skills. Training meets 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM five days a week and includes basic math classes and presentations by and field trips to different construction trades.

Certificates: OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR, Aerial Lift, Certificate of completion from the RI Apprenticeship Council

Fees: Free

Application: You must go to an orientation in order to receive an application. Check website for orientation dates which occur three times per year (usually January, May and September but check the website or call to be sure).

Entry requirements: GED or high school diploma, RI resident, between 18 and 35, able to pass a drug test. Prior experience is not required.

Other services for trainees: social services, financial education, welding classes (for graduates of the program), help with transitioning to construction apprenticeships.

Amos House – Carpentry

Amos House is a multi-service agency that provides several different job training programs as well as housing, meals and other social services.

Industry Focus: Carpentry (See Culinary/Food Service Training for Amos House’s Culinary Program.)

Location: 460 Pine Street, Providence

Phone: 401-272-0220         Email:       Website:

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM 4:00PM

Training: 16-week basic carpentry program, in class and hands-on training.

Certificates: • Life-long OSHA 10 certification •  8 Hour Lead certificate •  First Aid/CPR

Application: Michelle Pugh at

Fees: Free

Entry requirements: no entry requirements

Other Services: social services, financial coaching, meal site, housing for homeless, addiction recovery services, reentry services, among others.

RI Builders Association

Industry Focus: Residential Construction (home building)

Location: 450 Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence

Phone: 401-438-7400          Email:       Website:

Training: Training in all aspects of basic home construction. Classes meet from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM three days a week for 26 weeks starting in September and October, depending on training location.  Training locations include Chariho, Central Falls, and Woonsocket.

Certificates: OSHA10, Lead Safety, Basic First Aid, Home Builders Institute Certificate

Fee: Free

Application: apply on-line at

Entry Requirements: interest in career in home building construction