Direct Entry Classes

P2A Bronx class at a work site


A union construction career is a solid pathway to a stable and comfortable middle-class life.
Wages can start at over $50,000/year plus health insurance and retirement benefits and the only
requirements are:

  • High School diploma / GED OR TASC (certain trades require less education)
  • Drug Free
  • Positive mental attitude, and a
  • Commitment to being hardworking and reliable.

The way to get into a union construction career is through an apprenticeship program - where
you learn a trade while working. Union construction apprenticeships open up at different times during
the year, some only once per year, others only once every 2 or 3 years. Each union has its own
schedule and its own rules for how to apply for its apprenticeship program:

  • Some are ON-LINE (like the Laborers, Local 79) - on-line recruitments are
    generally over in under 2 minutes.
  • Some have PAPER APPLICATIONS that are handed out at the Union office -
    people often line up outside the union office days in advance.
  • Some unions (like the Sheet Metal Workers and Boilermakers) give a reading
    and math test at the time of application and will only call back people who
    score well.

P2A holds full time (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) 4 - 5 week Direct Entry, Pre-Apprenticeship classes, approved by the New York State Department of Labor, that trains and places graduates into Building Trades Union Apprenticeship programs.  To date, P2A has held eight classes and has placed over 75 people into a number of different bulling trades unions, including laborers, ironworkers, plumbers, electricians, and more.

Classes are full-time for 5 weeks* and will cover:
- NYC building trades work readiness skills,
- OSHA 30, Scaffold, Flagging certifications,
- Visits to building trades training facilities,
- Math and Reading Comprehension Skills,
- Physical Conditioning and Strength Building

Graduates will be able to interview with many NYC Building Trades,
including the Laborers, Ironworkers, Plumbers, Painters, Electricians, and more.


- High School Diploma or GED/TASC
- Ability to Lift and Carry 50 lbs.
- Ability to Work Outside, in All Weather
- Drug free
- Commitment to Attend All Classes on Time Every Day


- Building Trades Workforce Readiness Training
- Visits to Union Training Centers
- OSHA 30, Scaffold, and Flagger Safety Certifications
- Weekly Stipend
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Interviews with Building Trades Union Apprenticeship Programs

Building Trades Apprenticeships Lead to Solid, Middle Class Careers with Fair Wages,
Health and Retirement Benefits, and the Security of Union Membership

* Classes for residents of NYCHA housing are 4 weeks in length

Please note that in order to be eligible for direct entry classes, you MUST attend an info session for that class. These sessions will be posted on the website and announced by e-mail before the class begins.

Upcoming Direct Entry Classes

P2A Fall 2018 Graduation