Interested in a construction or building career but not sure where to start? 

The Apprenticeship Readiness Program will give you an opportunity to explore the various options available while also providing you with the skills needed to get started in a construction career. The program utilizes the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) which provides an overview of what each trade does, and the qualifications and skills needed. This program offers you an introduction to the tools of the trades, builds up your math skills, helps you learn about how to work safely and more.

This free program will prepare you for: 

  • Construction industry orientation 
  • Tool identification and use 
  • Construction health and safety
    • CPR/BLS Certification 
    • OSHA Certification
  • Construction-related math
  • Blueprint reading 
  • Green construction  

Additional services include:

  • Participants may be eligible to earn a stipend while completing the program
  • Assistance with networking and applying for jobs in your field of interest
  • Participants who are parents or legal guardians of children under the age of 18 may be eligible to receive financial assistance with childcare costs while enrolled in the program

Who It's For

  • Ages 17+*
  • Eligible to work in the US 
  • Lives in San Diego or Imperial County
  • Proficiency in digital literacy preferred

*Applicants under the age of 18 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require a “Consent to Release Form” to be completed prior to enrollment by a parent/legal guardian.

This program offers help:

  • With starting school or a certificate program
  • Finding a long-term job
  • Learning new job skills

How to Apply

Applications to the San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) cohort are now closed, and applications to the Southwestern College cohort are open through June 6. The SDCCE cohort is held at the Education Cultural Complex and the Southwestern College cohort is held in Chula Vista. See information about each cohort below:

Training provider Cohort dates Cohort schedule

San Diego College of Continuing Education

pending  pending 
Southwestern College June 25- October 7, 2024 Tues & Weds 5–9 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Complete an application to begin enrollment. It usually takes 10–15 minutes to complete. After submission, you will receive an email with supplemental questions. Once that is submitted, our team will contact you about next steps. If you have questions, want to learn more or want help applying to the program, email us at or call (619) 319-WORK (9675).

Apply Now

CwdbHrcc Logo Horiz Full Color 01 Sb1Logo Large@2xPress Logo Sdcbtu





GoodforothersFoundation LogoSdcce Black Primary ScaledMicrosoftteams Image