Bridge provides a direct path to employment in the construction industry. Over the course of just nine weeks, Bridge students receive the training and support they need to enter an apprenticeship program and start their construction careers.
The primary purpose of this program is to propel students into high-wage jobs that can change the trajectory of their lives. As with our YouthBuild program, Bridge is a relationship-based program rooted in equitable practices.
Our Bridge program builds on PYB’s long history as a pre-apprenticeship training program, licensed general contractor, and builder of affordable homes. Through intensive classroom instruction and hands-on training, Bridge students gain a solid understanding in all aspects of residential construction, from pouring foundations to installing interior finishes.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve held a hammer or not… we teach students the basics in just nine weeks so that they are prepared to enter an apprenticeship program after they leave PYB. Classes are taught by PYB’s own journey-level tradespeople who all have significant experience teaching and working in the construction industry.
Because the timeframe for this training program is less than three months long, Bridge students need to be prepared to learn at a fast pace. An excellent student-to-staff ratio allows us to personalize parts of our program based on each students’ experience with construction and their own career goals.
Because our Bridge students come to us with a clear career goal in mind, career development for these students becomes much more focused, much more quickly. Bridge students are exposed to many different apprenticeship programs in Portland and beyond to help them decide which one is right for them. Whether a student is preparing for an apprenticeship as a laborer, carpenter, ironworker, electrician, or any other trade, their career coach and construction trainer are right there to help make it a smooth transition between finishing Bridge and starting their apprenticeship.
Students receive career counseling and apprenticeship selection support, which includes helping them prepare for the challenges and opportunities in the construction industry, as well as a monthly stipend.
Does Bridge sound like it could be the right program for you, or someone you know? If you are looking for help starting your construction career, get in touch to learn more about our program and to see if you’re eligible. You could be on your way to a high-paying job in construction in just three months!