What is Community Works?

Community Works is an adult pre-apprenticeship program for the building/construction trades and the transportation/highway industry. We have nearly a decade of experience helping residents of the greater Springfield/ Holyoke area get into the building/construction trades, with a specific focus on women, people of color, and veterans.

We are registered with the State of Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards, and our class is registered with the Massachusetts Eligible Training Provider list (ETPL). We have Section 30 approval as a Training Opportunity Program with the Department of Unemployment Assistance.

Qualifications

All applicants to Community Works must first attend a brief information session to understand the program and receive an application. Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school degree or equivalent
  • Be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Pass a drug test
  • Pass a physical test, consisting of a ladder climb and other tasks
  • Pass a basic test for math and reading
  • Have a valid drivers license and a registered, working vehicle

History

The roots of Community Works began in 2009 as a 20-member employer/union partnership to address a gap in the regional workforce development system: too many Springfield residents were in need of additional skills training for entry into joint apprenticeship programs. So, in 2010, we launched Springfield Works, a 240 hour pre-apprenticeship program, and within the year we had the highest job placement rate in the state among pre-apprenticeship graduates.

In 2013, we built upon the success of Springfield Works by broadening our scope to include the greater Springfield/Holyoke region, and rebranded the effort Community Works.