Union Construction Academy of Maine: Application 
Are you looking for a career that offers excellent pay and benefits for you and your family? Do you want to earn while you learn from experienced instructors, as you build skills that will lead to long-term economic stability? If so, we invite you to apply for the Union Construction Academy of Maine, a four-week training program that offers a pathway into Registered Apprenticeships with Maine's Building & Construction Trades Unions. Registered Apprenticeships provide pathways to good jobs and an opportunity to earn great pay while you learn from experienced instructors. The Union Construction Academy of Maine is a Registered Pre-apprenticeship program designed specifically to prepare people who are underrepresented in the construction industry for stable and rewarding careers -- that includes women, people of color, immigrants, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and folks who are in recovery or looking for an opportunity after involvement with the justice system.

Application deadlines:
  • Portland, ME- Summer Session (June 10-July 3): For full consideration, please complete your application no later than May 25.
  • Newport, ME - Women in the Trades Summer Session (July 22-August 16) For full consideration, please please submit your application no later than July 10.  

Please note that due to strong demand and limited spots within our program, our application process is very competitive. The more information you can provide in the space below, the stronger your application will be.

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We are currently accepting applications for our Summer Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Portland (June 10-July 3) and a Women in the Trades Session at IBEW 1253 in Newport (July 22-August 16).

Which session(s) are you interested in applying for?
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What is your date of birth? Please note that most Union apprenticeships require you to be at least 18 years old by the time you enroll.
Gender (optional)
Race (optional)
Address *

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Phone Number *
Email *
What is the best way to contact you? *
Do you have a High School Diploma or GED/Hi-Set?
If you are currently a High School student, what is your expected date of graduation?
Have you completed any educational programs or degrees after High School? Check any that apply
If you checked any of the boxes above regarding education/training after high school, please provide the name of the institution, degree, or certificate in the space below.
Do you have a valid Maine Driver's License? *
Do you have your own car, or consistent access to a car or other transportation you can use to drive to job sites? Having a car is not required to participate in the program, but your ability to travel may impact the work opportunities available to you once you begin an apprenticeship.
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Are you willing and able to drive an hour or more to a job site?
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Are you a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder?

PLEASE NOTE: Answering *NO* does not eliminate you from consideration but will help us to determine where you might be a fit, as some positions are only able to accept individuals with citizenship.
Do you have a criminal record? If yes, please use the space below to share any information that you would like us to know about this -- for example, the context, date, and steps you have taken since conviction to move yourself in a positive direction.

PLEASE NOTE: This question is OPTIONAL. Answering yes, i.e. that you have a criminal record, does not eliminate you from consideration for our program but will help us to determine what positions you may be eligible for, as some positions are not able to accept individuals with felony convictions. We do our best to connect all program participants.
What language(s) do you speak?
If you are not a native English speaker, are you currently enrolled in English classes at Adult Education? If yes, please list the level below.
If you are not a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder, do you have a valid work permit?
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If you do not have a valid work permit, you may use the space below to offer any information about the status of your Application for Employment Authorization. Please be as specific as possible (e.g. date when you expect to receive your work permit):
Are you currently employed?  *
If you are currently employed, please describe your title and role in the space below.
What is your current hourly wage? (Optional)
Most first-year Union apprentices receive starting pay around $20/h, and receive contractually guaranteed pay increases at regular intervals as they complete training and gain skills. For most Unions, apprentices begin earning excellent benefits (healthcare, pension, etc.) after a short trial period. Are you willing and able to start work at $20/h for an apprenticeship, recognizing that pay and benefits will increase on a regular basis per the Union's Collective Bargaining agreement as you build your skill set? 
Do you currently have health insurance coverage? 
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Have you ever been a member of a labor union?
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Do you have previous experience in construction? No previous experience in construction is required for our program, but it can help us to identify which opportunities you may be most interested in and helps us to plan our training.
Please describe your previous employment experience. What jobs have you worked in, and for how long? If this apprenticeship would be your first employment, please note that.
What construction trades are you most interested in?  Check your top three.
Most construction jobs start at 7 am, with the expectation you will arrive by 6:45 am so that you are ready to go. Do you expect this to pose any difficulties for you?
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Do you have a fear of heights? Please note: this does not preclude you from participating in an apprenticeship, but can help us to determine which trades may be the best fit for you.
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In the space below, please explain why you are interested in entering a registered apprenticeship with a Building and Construction Trade Union. Please note that we receive many applicants for limited spaces in this program; providing more information below will give you a better chance of receiving a follow-up interview.
How did you learn about the Union Construction Academy?
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Please use the space below to share anything else you would like us to know about to help you succeed in the program (e.g. do you have childcare needs, immigration appointments, transportation challenges, etc.).
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