Rhode Island’s Building Futures program closes skills gap

Andrew Cortes, Founder and Executive Director of Rhode Island Building Futures, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Building Futures program and the benefits of registered apprenticeship as part of the podcast’s celebration of National Apprenticeship Week.

Building Futures partners with public and private entities to expand entry-level, on the job training opportunities for people interested in starting a career in the building trades through the proven apprenticeship model.

The program prepares Rhode Islanders for careers in the construction industry through a pre-apprenticeship program. It bookends apprenticeship training so participants can close skill gaps and begin good paying careers.

Building Futures has grown in popularity to a degree that it no longer needs to recruit to fill its open slots, except for women, whom the program continues to actively recruit. Cortes estimates that for every 18 open slots in the program, it receives over 100 applications.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more about the Building Futures program.


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