Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

The Better Built Network supports programs that help adults discover and train for careers in the construction industry.

Pre-apprenticeship programs introduce individuals to careers in the union building trades, often providing training that focuses on job readiness, construction math, and skills necessary to successfully apply for a building trades apprenticeship program.

All programs encourage females, minorities and otherwise disadvantaged individuals to discover and enter union construction careers.

Highway Construction Careers Training Program

Illinois Central College/Professional Development Institute (ICC/PDI) coordinates the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP), funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).

ICC works with the local union construction industry and community organizations to provide a comprehensive, 8-week class to train minorities, women, and disadvantaged populations for careers in the construction trades. The goal of the program is for successful trainees to test and be accepted into a trade apprenticeship program and ultimately, work on IDOT highway construction projects.

The 8-week curriculum for the class focuses on job readiness training, math skills, and technical skills. Training includes OSHA-10 hour certification, First Aid/CPR, and visits to various apprenticeship schools for hands-on training.

For more information and to apply for the program, contact Andy Ridgeway at ICC at 309.690.6916 or E-mail

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