Description of the Construction Trades Program (CTP)

The Marin City Construction Trades Program (CTP) will operate year-round with a fiscal year beginning on October 1st and ending on September 30th of the following year. The purpose of this program is to assist Marin residents obtain viable livable wage construction jobs in four construction trades areas: 1) Laborers (Local 261) 2) Electricians (IBEW 551); 3) Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA Local 38); and 4) Brick-Masons (Bricklayers, Tilesetters and Allied Craftworkers Local 3 Union). These construction career professions lead to livable wage annual salaries of $50,000 or more and are in high demand in the Bay Area according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013).

The CTP construction job training will address the complex barriers facing low-income low-skilled and at-risk populations. Recognizing the viable opportunities the construction trades provide to develop skills and earn living wages, MCCDC worked closely with several Union representatives to create a program specific to the targeted population. The targeted population also includes: individuals released under the County’s Realignment Partnership, and individuals who have been released from State prison, County jails, or a juvenile facility. Such individuals must be under the supervision of a parole or probation department officer to avoid being at risk of becoming involved in criminal behavior.


The purpose of the Marin City Construction Training Program (CTP) is to help develop livable wage jobs in the Bay Area construction industry for Marin City residents. The CTP will target adults from 18 to 35 years of age who are lower income or facing obstacles and life experiences that have placed them in the high-risk employee category such as poor or limited education, probation or parolee status, poor job history, or lack of the soft skills needed to become successful on the job. We plan to include women and parolees in the program through special marketing outreach campaigns and through partnerships with agencies such as the Marin County Department of Probation and the number of agency partners which we developed through the Thriving Families Network. MCCDC will also target specialized outreach to low-income population pockets in Marin County, such as Marin City, Canal, and Hamilton areas.


We shall pre-screen potential candidates for: the level of commitment to work as a construction worker and laborer, the desire to be part of a union, current drug use, a valid driver’s license, and available transportation since these factors are prerequisites for union membership. Once accepted into CTP, participants receive soft skills training specifically designed to help prepare them for working in the construction environment Training includes communication skills, problem solving, decision making, responsibility and time management, how to work with others, handling difficulty situations on the job, and following directions. Basic employment practices covered include attendance, punctuality, responsibility, professionalism, and commitment. A career assessment tool will also be used to determine the participant’s suitability for work in the construction industry and help ascertain their suitability for the profession. MCCDC staff will arrange participant interviews with professional contractors to determine the participants’ qualifications and motivation to stay in the industry. Participants will be able to voice their preferences for one of the five construction areas and select a customized 3 week specialty training rotation (electrician, laborer, brick mason, plumber or landscaper) after completion of their basic direct entry construction training that is the pathway for direct employment with the Unions in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

The four week core construction industry training provided by Labor Union 261 will take place on the grounds of the MCCDC. It will include the following:

  • One week of Safety Courses
  • One week of Constructions Fundamentals, 1
  • One week of Construction Fundamentals, 2
  • One week of Grade Checking
  • One week of Forklift Training
  • 20 hours of OSHA 10, First Aid, CPR, Confined Space, and HazWoper Cards

The training classes will take place from Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm with a one hour lunch at the MCCDC site. Maximum class size is 20 participants per class. The annual MCCDC Construction Trades Program will provide two cohorts of 20 participants; one cohort in the Winter and another in the Spring for a total of 40 participants. 

Marin City Construction Trades Program (CTP)

The participants will be recruited and prescreened by

MCCDC. The construction employers will be recruited and

trained by MCCDC about the effectiveness and high

productivity of MCCDC-trained construction laborers.

Participants will receive an intensive construction worker

training program sanctioned, approved and delivered by

the Laborers Community Training Foundation,

direct-entry status with Local 261 Laborers Union,

and with the support of the IBEW (electrical), Plumbers,

and the Brick-Masons Union. Participants will receive soft

skills training from the date of their enrollment and

throughout their pre-apprenticeship training including

an intensive 8-week Construction Boot Camp, a 3-week

rotation in the landscaping, plumbing, electrical or brick

mason industry, construction math training, Construction

Union testing and enrollment support, and union member

professional development and follow-up services that include

work with direct placement supervisors to ensure the

participant adjusts well to the job and acquires the proper

construction equipment to get the job done well. CTP

graduates may be placed directly on the job upon

graduation or placed as temporary workers through

MCCDC’s employment service at livable hourly wages

ranging from $18 to $28 per hour.



Construction Trades Program 

For more information, call our Program Director, Michael Tabb today!

Tel: (415) 339-2837