Preparatory Apprenticeship Carpentry Training

Take this training to become eligible to enter into a carpentry apprenticeship  with wages starting at $19.26/hr plus benefits!

Training is funded by MN Department of Economic Development and Department of Labor and Industry. Funds are purposed to increase the diversity of individuals working in the field of construction.  Certain eligibility requirements apply.  

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Training will be held at the Jerry Alander Training Center (5238 Miller Trunk Hwy) and will begin May 29, 2018 and be completed by July 18, 2018.  Class times are 10:00 am– 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Eligibility: Registered as a SOAR client, at least 17 years old, proof of HSD/GED (or currently in process), available to attend training, 8th grade reading and math skills.  This training is to increase the diversity of individuals working in construction and is,therefore, aimed at women and People of Color.

Client fit: Interested individuals will need to be interested in working with their hands (R code from Holland assessment), have a good work ethic, be punctual, have a good attitude, reliable transportation, able to pass drug screen, and a willingness to learn and adapt.

Completion:  Students who complete all 7 weeks of training will be ready to apply for full apprenticeships from local unions.  Attendance is paramount; those unable to meet attendance/ punctuality requirements will be dropped from the training.

Outcome: Students who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for one of many apprenticeship positions in various trades with wages beginning at $19.26/ hour and a benefits package valued at $26.43/ hour.

Dress Code: You are required to wear a (provided) hardhat and safety glasses/goggles when you are on the shop floor.  Unsafe footwear such as; tennis shoes (including steel toe tennis shoes), moccasins, sandals and unsafe clothing such as shorts; jewelry, etc. are prohibited in the Training Center. Leather boots are required footwear for the training.  Apprentices cannot wear clothing that have holes or is frayed.


If you have questions, or to make an appointment with a Career Counselor to apply, please contact SOAR Career Solutions at 218.722.3126 or