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BuildingWorks Application

BuildingWorks Pre-Apprenticeship training April 10 to May 5, 2023.

Submit this form by 12 noon on March 31. This application form is for the APRIL session only. If you are not available for the April session, we hope you will apply to an upcoming session. A new session begins every month. Send questions to


BuildingWorks is a pre-apprenticeship training that prepares individuals for the Carpenters Union Apprenticeship. Successful candidates for BuildingWorks should have a strong career interest in union carpentry. They should be able to demonstrate, through personal experience, the ability to commit to projects, and the likelihood of completing the 4-year carpenter apprenticeship leading to a long and successful career as a union carpenter. No previous experience with carpentry or construction is necessary, but we hope that candidates share with us any previous experience through work, school, training, or volunteering.

  • Applicants should have a strong interest in Carpentry and commit to completing the 4-year apprenticeship leading to a career as a Union Carpenter.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to work on job sites anywhere in New York City and vicinity.
  • Applicants must pass a drug screen.
  • Training dates are April 10 to May 5, 2023.
  • Full-Day Sessions are held Mon. to Fri. 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. (start/end times may vary)
  • Sessions will be held in person at the Carpenters Training Center in lower Manhattan. There is a strict attendance policy. No excused absences or lateness for any reason.

Steps to the Application Process


  • Complete this form and upload a photo of your High School Diploma or GED certificate.
  • Applications must be submitted by 12 noon March 31, 2023.
  • Attend a mandatory Applicant Webinar and complete an online test on April 3. Link with log in information will be emailed by 4pm on March 31.
  • Attend a virtual interview on April 4.
How did you hear about BuildingWorks?(Required)

The application process (and some classes) will be conducted virtually and will require an internet connection, speakers, microphone and a webcam. Describe below the device you will use for virtual sessions:


Information you provide on this application is for demographic and program evaluation purposes only. We will not take this information into consideration when evaluating applicants for training or job recommendation. BuildingWorks does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, arrest records, or genetic predisposition (G.I.N.A.) in administration of its educational policies, admissions, policies, and other school-administered programs.
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Is English your first language?
Are you a Veteran?(Required)
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Marital Status(Required)
Household Type(Required)
Please list all individuals in your household and relationship to you.
Do you Currently have medical insurance?(Required)
Do you have any medical issues that would prevent you from fully participating in this program? If yes, please briefly explain.
Household Income(Required)
Income Supports(Required)
Are you or any member of your family receiving some form of Public Assistance? Please select any that apply.
Individuals with criminal records are eligible for BuildingWorks. The following information is for demographic purposes only. If you have a record, please explain and include the outcome. If you have no record, then type "no record".


To enroll in BuildingWorks, you must have graduated from High School or received a GED or TASC and have sufficient documentation to verify. A copy of the document must be uploaded with this application, and you must provide the ORIGINAL prior to enrolling in BuildingWorks.
Education Credential(Required)
Highest Grade Completed:(Required)
High School(Required)
Degree(s) Received(Required)
Check any that apply
Other Schools Attended
Please list other schools attended since High School.
A scan or photo of your original High School Diploma or GED or TASC certificate must be uploaded with this application. Diploma must be from an accredited high school (online programs are not accepted). In place of a diploma, we will accept an official High School transcript in original form with a signature, raised seal and your graduation date. We do NOT accept letters from a High School official. Diplomas in a foreign language must be accompanied by a translation.
Max. file size: 32 MB.

Employment History

Previous experience in carpentry and/or construction is not required. But we find that the most successful candidates have some prior work experience in any field. Please share with us your two most recent jobs. You may include internships, volunteer work, off-the-books jobs. You may also upload a resume although it is not required. You must complete this section even if you send a resume.
Current Employment Status(Required)
If you have never worked, please include any training, volunteer work or unpaid work on the next page.
Most Recent Job(Required)
Other Recent Job
Are you able to arrive at a work site as early as 6:00am?(Required)
Are you able to lift heavy objects and stand for up to 8 hours?(Required)
Are you comfortable working at great heights, tight spaces or underground?(Required)
Are you willing to work overtime that includes weekends and evenings?(Required)
Are you willing to work anywhere in NYC and vincinity?(Required)
Are you comfortable working outdoors in extreme weather?(Required)
Are you able to pass a drug screen(Required)
A resume may be included but is not required. Please do NOT upload IDs or certificates here. You may share them at an interview.
Max. file size: 32 MB.
Please list any certifications or licenses you have received.
Skills Training Programs(Required)
Please check any that apply and include outcome in next question:
Please describe outcome of training program selected.
Describe other experiences (school, training, unpaid or volunteer work) that might contribute to your success as a Carpenter.
Have You Applied to BuildingWorks before?(Required)
This application must be submitted by 12 noon on March 31 to be considered for the April 2023 BuildingWorks session.
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