Apprenticeship Preparation Program
This program has opened my eyes to the opportunities out there and has given me a second chance.
– Frank, Class 37 Graduate

The Apprenticeship Preparation Program (APP) prepares formerly incarcerated and gang-impacted individuals for careers in union construction trades. The APP combines workforce development with trauma-informed care to create life-changing opportunities. We selected union construction as the focus for the APP as unions ensure a living wage, do not discriminate based on background, and provide opportunities for career advancement.

The APP has been developed over 10 years to best support formerly incarcerated individuals to secure union apprenticeships. The 10-week, 240-hour program includes:

  • Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3): an apprenticeship readiness curriculum and certification program created by North America’s Building Trades Unions.
  • OSHA-10 and CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Case Management/Mentoring
  • Life Skills with 2nd Call
  • Employment Development
  • Hands-On Training
  • Construction site and union Site Visits
  • Physical Fitness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Anti-Harassment and Know Your Rights and Responsibilities Trainings
I could easily get a job, but a career is better.
– Donald, Class 33 Graduate
The APP empowers individuals to transform their lives. The impacts of the program include:


of APP graduates do not return to incarceration, compared to the Los Angeles County average of 53%


of APP graduates will be employed in union apprenticeships or other sectors within one year of graduation.


was the average wage of 2019-2020 APP graduates upon entering their apprenticeships.
Our Partners
HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program

Flintridge Center is a proud partner of the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program. HireLAX is a comprehensive workforce development program with the mission to maximize the economic impact of the LAX Capital Improvement Program through the inclusion of local workers who are reflective of the diversity of Los Angeles. Flintridge provides case management services to HireLAX participants.