First of its kind NC pre-apprenticeship program introduced for basic construction trades education

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NC Works Division of Apprenticeship, Carolinas AGC (CAGC)  and Central Piedmont Community College are implementing a joint pre-apprenticeship agreement to provide basic construction trades education.

The CAGC has scheduled an information session on the program at its Charlotte offices on Dec. 9 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

The pre-apprenticeship agreement is thought to be the first of its kind for construction in North Carolina, the CAGC said in an announcement. The agreement establishes the goals and responsibilities for all parties and the standards for trainee participation.

“We need you, our members, to participate with us in this one-of-a-kind program to make it a success.  Why?  Most importantly, graduating students will have mastered fundamental construction skills that ready them for entry-level positions in most construction trades,” wrote Sandra Wallace, responsible for training at the CAGC Foundation. “Additionally, students will earn the opportunity for interviews with CAGC employer member companies who are seeking skilled individuals for entry-level positions.”

CAGC says the program, utilizes the NCCER Core curriculum as the foundation for training and will expose participants to:

  • Basic construction skills
  • Introduction to electricity
  • Basic welding
  • Print reading
  • HVAC

Participants are held to strict standards for attendance and grades with an overall 2.0 GPA requirement for completion. Participants will receive an OSHA 10 hour card documenting their safety training. At the end of training participants will have mastered fundamental construction skills which will make them employable in entry level positions by most construction trades. Further training and education will be required for these participants to become skilled craftsman.

To participate in CAGC’s pre-apprenticeship program: contact Jill Lutz, executive director of skills initiative at CPCC, (704) 330-6217.

To establish a program in your area: contact Pamela McGimpsey, apprenticeship consultant, (704) 456-8692 or Bill Stricker, CAGC vice-president of professional development, (704) 372-1450 x5213.

For more information and to confirm your interest in attending the information session, contact Sandra Wallace at


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