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Training Resources of America Inc.
  • 2 Foster Street, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608
  • 508-753-2991
  • Vocational Skills Training
TRA-Worcester YouthBuild – Construction Skills Track
Program activities:

The TRA-Worcester YouthBuild Program – Construction Skills Track is designed to provide low-income, out-of-school youth, aged 16-24 with an opportunity to transform their lives and become contributing partners in the community. Participants receive on-the-job, hands-on, construction skills training utilizing an actual housing rehabilitation project or new construction site in the community that helps to create quality low-income housing. Additionally, participants receive Home Building Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Training (PACT) and OSHA certification training. Participants also receive High School Equivalency Test (HiSET/GED) preparation; educational/vocational skills; leadership skills development-including community service projects; counseling and support services; life, financial literacy, and job readiness training, as well as assistance with job placement and/or transition to higher education opportunities.

Transition to Higher Education/Vocational opportunities include College classes/degree or certificate programs, Apprenticeship programs- including Union positions, internships at (a partner) Saint-Gobain and potential involvement in the National Grid Energy Infrastructure Academy (a partner) with TRA for certification and employment opportunities.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Low-income youth between the ages of 16 and 24 residing in the Greater Worcester area who wish to earn their high school equivalency diploma while attaining work and construction vocational skills.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 9
Information About Program Hours: 26-36 hours per week
Program duration: 36 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 1
Program start dates: Next Start: Fall 2024
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9am-3pmEducation/HiSET/GED Prep (Classroom)
9am-3pmJob Readiness Prep (Classroom)
9am-3pmLife/Leadership/Financial Lit., etc. (Classroom)
9am-3pmHands-on Construction Skills Training
Other Schedule Information: The program operates Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break between 12:00 and 1:00 pm. Students are divided into 2 groups of 7-8 with each group alternating every other week between classroom and on-site, hands-on construction skills training.
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

2 Foster Street, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608The site is fully accessible via public transportation.
Other requirements: Must be able to physically handle work required in the construction field.
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: GED/HiSET Certification | OSHA-10 | Home Building Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Training (PACT)
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Test/License Fees:
Counseling/Case Mgt
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay?
Other, please explain: Potential Stipend

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Doug Daigle
Telephone: 508-753-2991
Program code: TRA-VT-W
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes