DIVINE SOL Pre-apprenticeship Program
Revitalizing our nation's workforce development system is crucial for addressing the shortage of skilled construction craft professionals and addressing skills shortages across various industries. As the largest user of the apprenticeship system, the construction industry represents approximately 29% of all active registered apprentices in the United States. However, this percentage equates to less than 2% of the construction industry workforce. The Divine Sol Pre-Apprenticeship NCCER accredited training Program aims to provide a comprehensive, competency-based workforce development system for craft, safety, and management professionals in the construction and maintenance industries.
Prepare students for DOL-registered apprenticeship programs:
- Equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully enter and excel in DOL-registered apprenticeship programs of their choice.
- Focus on practical, industry-specific training to ensure readiness for the demands of the construction and maintenance sectors.
Provide industry-recognized credentials:
- Offer a pathway for students to obtain recognized credentials that validate their competency in craft, safety, and management.
Leverage NCCER's standardized, competency-based, modular curricula to establish a robust framework for craft development and career progression.
- By achieving these objectives, the Divine Sol Pre-Apprenticeship Program aims to contribute significantly to the workforce development efforts in the construction industry, fostering skilled professionals and addressing the broader skills shortages across various industries.
Instruction Hours: 112 hours
Delivery Format: Face-to-face, online, hands-on laboratory, and practicum/job site work.
- Attend 4 days a week, 3.5 hours per day, 14 hours per week for 8 weeks
- HS/GED, interest in construction trades up to becoming a journeyman, 9.0 TABE score (or equivalent CASAS score) in reading and math, plus trade union entrance requirements.
Industry Recognized Certifications/Credentials:
- NCCER Core Curriculum Certification
- OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certification
- First Aid/CPR Certification
Build Your Future in Construction (Module 00100) introduces trainees to the construction industry. The module introduces the history of construction and the outlooks for construction jobs; the benefits of a career in construction; the typical career progression for craft professionals; the different careers available and the skills they require; how to pursue a construction career through career and technical education, craft training and apprenticeships, and community colleges and universities.
Basic Safety (Module 00101) explains the importance of safety in the construction and industrial crafts. Trainees will learn how to identify and follow safe work practices and procedures and how to properly inspect and use safety equipment. Trainees will be able to describe the safety practices associated with elevated work; energy release; and various hazards encountered on job sites. NOTE: The successful completion of this module will award a Construction Site Safety Orientation credential.
Introduction to Construction Math (Module 00102) introduces trainees to basic math skills needed in the construction environment. The module reviews whole numbers and fractions; working with decimals; the four primary math operations; reading rulers and tape measures; the inch-pound and metric units of measurement; basic geometric figures; and area and volume calculations for two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.
Introduction to Hand Tools (Module 00103) instructs trainees in the identification, use, and care of hand tools. Developing the knowledge to properly choose and safely use hand tools is an essential part of the construction industry.
Introduction to Power Tools (Module 00104) identifies and describes some of the power tools used by construction workers. The construction of each tool is discussed, along with information regarding the safe usage and typical maintenance requirements of power tools.
Introduction to Construction Drawings (Module 00105) provides trainees with the information and skills needed to read and understand construction drawings. This module includes a set of two oversize drawings, which is included as Appendix D in the Trainee Guide.
Introduction to Basic Rigging (Module 00106) identifies different types of rigging slings and hardware and describes how those items are used. It explains how to properly inspect slings and hardware items. It also examines different types of hoists used in rigging, and it describes common rigging hitches and how to make the Emergency Stop hand signal. Note that no level of certification or competency is awarded to trainees after completing this module; the content is designed strictly for familiarization. NOTE: This module is an elective. It is not required for successful completion of Core.
Basic Communication Skills (Module 00107) provides trainees with the information and skills needed to communicate effectively and clearly. Developing good communication skills enables construction professionals to become confident, reliable assets to their crafts.
Basic Employability Skills (Module 00108) provides trainees with guidance related to finding and securing a position in the construction trades. In addition, instruction in the areas of problem-solving and effective interaction with others helps to ensure their success in the construction trades.
Introduction to Material Handling (Module 00109) provides safety guidelines for workers handling materials on the job site. It covers proper procedures and techniques to use when lifting, stacking, transporting, and unloading materials. It also introduces basic motorized and non-motorized material handling equipment commonly found in the construction environment.
In addition to classroom training for theoretical knowledge, the Pre-Apprenticeship module provides a cutting-edge computer lab for honing digital proficiency. Our dedicated hands-on training area allows apprentices to actively showcase and refine the techniques learned in the classroom. This program offers a seamless blend of theoretical understanding and practical application, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience that thoroughly prepares apprentices for success in their chosen field.
Gain essential test-taking skills for pre-apprenticeship modules. Learn efficient time management, question analysis, and stress reduction techniques. Master strategies for various assessment formats, ensuring success in apprenticeship testing.