What makes P2A different from other workforce-development programs is that we help people get, and remain in, actual union apprenticeships

We were gratified to learn that the community organization, Community Voices Heard, will be honoring us with its Lights of

Pathways 2 Apprenticeship

Mission, Current Work and Impact

I. P2A Mission

Pathways to Apprenticeship, Inc. (“P2A”) is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to end intergenerational poverty by providing access to opportunities for transformational apprenticeships in the building trades that lead to solid middle-class careers.  We recruit, train, and mentor people from low-income communities – including, but not limited, to the formerly incarcerated, people on public assistance, and people who live in public housing – to be accepted into and succeed in construction union apprenticeship programs in New York City.

II.   Current Work

P2A assists people in applying for apprenticeship openings in a number of ways.  Generally, P2A has five program areas.

First, P2A conducts Information Sessions on building trades opportunities for the general public and clients of community organizations and public agencies throughout the City.  In these 90-minute sessions, P2A Peer Mentors – people who went through the P2A program and are now successful, working building trades apprentices and journey workers – explain building trades careers, recruitment processes, and the apprenticeship experience, and review safety protocols on construction worksites.  P2A also sends out a monthly email update on classes, events, and current apprenticeship openings to individuals and representatives of community organizations and public agencies (the P2A has an email list of more than 1,000 people – both individuals and representatives of community organizations and public agencies).

Second, P2A assists people with their applications by reviewing resumes, conducting interview preparation sessions, and hosting pre-apprenticeship and application test preparatory classes for apprenticeship applicants.  For example, in connection with the annual Laborer, Local 79 recruitment, P2A makes 80 computers available in two locations – in Manhattan and the Bronx – for people to try to obtain an application.  Then, P2A holds an 8-week pre-apprenticeship class to prepare people who obtain applications to Local 79 for their interviews and for the apprenticeship experience in general.  Some unions require applicants to take an aptitude test (in math and reading comprehension) in connection with an application, and P2A conducts refresher classes with practice tests for applicants to prepare for these exams.

Third, P2A conducts a four-week (140 hour) Direct Entry Pre-Apprenticeship Training and Placement class, certified by the NYS Department of Labor, the graduates of which may be accepted directly into building trades apprenticeships.  P2A has a contract with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to train and place residents of NYCHA housing and has conducted this class for other community organizations and public agencies as well.  P2A has conducted 8 classes since 2017:

  • Four classes for NYCHA:
    • Red Hook Brooklyn (10/2017 – 23 participants);
    • Gowanus Brooklyn (1/2018 - 21 participants)
    • Lower East Side Manhattan (4/2018 – 19 participants),
    • Far Rockaways (7/2018 – 22 participants).
  • Port Chester (11/2017 – 10 participants) (Don Bosco Worker Center and Westchester Building Trades)
  • West Harlem (3/2018 - 20 participants) (West Harlem Development Center)
  • Washington Heights (5/2018 - 21 participants) (State Senator Marisol Alcantara and CUNY in the Heights)
  • Yonkers (8/2018 – 20 participants) (Yonkers Industrial Development Agency)


To date, P2A has graduated 136 people from its direct entry programs.  As the Yonkers class is currently in process, the 22 participants in the Far Rockaways just completed the program, and 18 people were voluntarily dropped out of the program for personal reasons or were terminated from the program, P2A has successfully placed 53% of the total with the remaining participants either awaiting entrance exams or interviews for a particular trade.

III.  Impact 

Since its founding by a small group of volunteers in the Spring 2013, P2A has assisted 217 people from low-income communities (66% of whom were formerly incarcerated) to be admitted into a building trades apprenticeship program.  More than 85% of these graduates are still working in the building trades and many of them become P2A Peer Mentors, teaching classes and conducting information sessions.

What We Do

P2A provides information to community organizations throughout New York City about union construction industry opportunities and, with its community partners, recruits...

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Our History

P2A was started in 2013 by representatives of construction-industry labor unions and community organizations in New York City to recruit,...

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Our Team

Staff Dominique Bravo Executive  Director (917) 887-0744 Duane Townes  Lead Instructor (347) 235-2880 Shi Green Peer Mentor (732) 768-3906 Big...

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Frequently Asked Questions    1.Can you help me find a job? P2A helps people get into union apprenticeship programs (not jobs)...

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RALLY Saturday 9/8/18!

Passing of Construction Safety - Training Bill

P2A is grateful for, and commends, the leadership of City Council Members Jumaane Williams, Carlos Menchaca, and Melissa Mark-Viverito, for leading the sponsorship of the Construction Safety - Training bill, Introduction #1447, which was signed into law in a unanimous vote on September 27, 2017.
This law specifies “certain training and qualification requirements” for all construction workers engaged in the construction and demolition of buildings over 4 stories tall and will require 40-55 hours of training. This law has been enacted to ensure the safety of constructions workers throughout NYC and prevent on-the-job casualties.