Current Apprenticeship Openings

April 5 UPDATE! Current Apprenticeship Openings!


Unions Now Taking Applications for Apprenticeships:

The Steamfitters, Local Union #638 will conduct a recruitment next Monday, 4/8/19 at 8:00 a.m. for 300 steamfitter apprentices. You can get an application at the Steamfitters Industry Training Center, 32-32 48th Avenue, Long Island City, NY. They are only giving out 3000 applications, so you should arrive well before 8:00 a.m. and wait in line. Applicants must provide photo ID at time of obtaining and returning applications. Applicants must pay a $25 fee by certified check or money order made payable to the Steamfitters’ Education Fund, but you can get this fee waived upon a showing of verifiable proof of financial need. For more info, click here:

The IBEW Local 3 will conduct a recruitment beginning on 4/15/19 for 300 electrician apprentices. You can get an application by writing a letter requesting an application and taking your letter to any Post Office on 4/15 at 9:00 a.m. sharp and sending your letter by REGISTERED MAIL (this costs a few dollars). You must send your letter request to Joint Apprentice Committee, P.O. Box 560249, College Point, NY 11356-0249. You MUST mail this request on 4/15/19 at 9:00 a.m. because they will only respond to 2,000 registered letters. Letters sent by regular or Certified Mail will not be accepted. For more info, click here:

The Boilermakers, Local Union #5 will conduct a recruitment from 4/15/19 through 3/16/20 for five boilermaker (construction) apprentices. The five openings are for New York City, Long Island, and Hudson Valley regions. You can get an application from Local Union 5, 24 Van Siclen Ave, Floral Park, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (starting 4/15). All applications must be received no later than 3/7/20. For more info, click here:

TheBricklayers, Local Union #1 are conducting a recruitment. Applications will be available on 4/29/19 at the International Masonry Institute, 12-07 44th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. There will be no admittance after 8:30 a.m. An aptitude test will be conducted at the time of application. Testing and processing will be held until 10:00 a.m. For more info, click here:

The Heat & Frost Insulators, Local Union #12 is conducting a recruitment through 5/30/19. You can pick up an application in person at Local Union #12, 15-32 127th Street, 1st Floor, College Point, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., every Thursday, excluding legal holidays and 5/23/19.  A $25.00 testing fee will be charged to each applicant, but this fee can be waived if you can show verifiable proof of financial need. For more info, click here:

The Carpenters are conducting a recruitment for a number of different carpenter trades, including high rise concrete carpenters. You can get an application on every 2nd Wednesday of each month (4/10/19 is the next time) at the NYCDCC Training Center, 395 Hudson St (Clarkson St entrance), 2ndfloor from 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.  There is no admittance after 7:30 a.m.  You must go in person with a state I.D.  For more info, click here: or

The Outside Electrical Industry is also conducting a recruitment through 10/13/19 for 15-30 electrical (outside) line worker apprentices. You can get an application from the following website: There is a $25.00 test processing fee, but you can get this fee waived upon showing verifiable proof of financial need.

The Westchester and Putnam Construction Craft Laborers, Local Union #60, will conduct a recruitment on April 29, 2019 beginning at 8:00 a.m. You can get an application at Local Union #60, 140 Broadway, Hawthorne, NY. They will only be giving out 100 applications, you need to arrive well before 8:00 a.m. and wait in line.

Here are all of the NYC apprenticeship openings shown on the Department of Labor (DOL) website:
P2A is here to help.  Please call or email us if you have any questions or would like us to review your resume, help you prepare for an interview, or if you need prep materials for any aptitude test.


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 a high school diploma, a positive mental attitude, and a commitment to being hardworking and reliable. The best way to get into a union construction career is through a union construction apprenticeship and P2A helps people from low-income communities access these union apprenticeship opportunities.

The NYC construction industry unions (also called the building and construction trades) include the Laborers, the Bricklayers, the Painters, the Ironworkers, the Carpenters, the Sheet Metal Workers, the Electricians, the Boilermakers, the Steelworkers, the Plumbers, the Cement Workers, and more. The apprenticeships for these unions open up at different times during the year -- some open up only once per year, others only every 2 or 3 years. Each union has its recruitment method and strict rules regarding how to apply. Generally, only a limited number of applications (such as 300 or 1000) will be made available at any particular time. For example, the Laborers, Local 79 has an on-line recruitment, which is generally over within 2 minutes. The Plumbers and Carpenters unions offer a limited number of paper applications available at their offices, for which people will line up a night or two before the office opens on that recruitment day. Others unions, such as the Sheet Metal Workers and Boilermakers, require that applicants take a reading and math aptitude test at the time of the application, and only applicants who score above a certain level will be contacted.

P2A assists applicants with these application processes and conducts pre-apprenticeship classes to assist applicants in preparing for their interviews and with the apprenticeship process in general. P2A also sends out email updates on when these union construction apprenticeships open up and conducts info sessions on these apprenticeship opportunities at community organizations and public agencies throughout New York City. Much of the work of P2A is done by P2A peer mentors – full-time building trades apprentices who also serve as peer mentors for applicants and new apprentices.

To join the P2A community, all you need to do is sign up on the P2A mailing list with an email address and cell phone number.