​​Description of the Construction Trades Program (CTP)

The Marin City Construction Trades Program (CTP) assists Marin residents to 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 addresses the complex barriers facing low-income low-skilled and at-risk populations and helps overcome barriers to entry. 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 our target population. The targeted population includes: low-income, unemployed or underemployed individuals, ethnic and multicultural individuals, 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.


The purpose of the Marin City Construction Training Program (CTP) is to help develop living wage jobs in the Bay Area construction industry for Marin City residents. The CTP target adults from 18 to 70 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 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 a number of agency partners. MCCDC also targets specialized outreach to low-income population pockets in Marin County, such as Marin City, Canal, and Hamilton areas.


We pre-screen potential candidates for:

  • the level of commitment become a construction worker,
  • the desire to be part of a credible union,
  • currently drug-free,
  • possession of a valid driver’s license, and
  • available transportation.

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 communications. A career assessment tool is used to determine the participant’s suitability for work in the construction industry. MCCDC staff arrange participant interviews with professional contractors to determine the participants’ qualifications and motivation to stay in the industry. Participants are able to voice their preferences for one of the five construction areas and select a customized 4 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, Alameda, San Francisco, Sonoma 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 20 hours of OSHA 10 Safety Courses 
  • One week of Constructions Fundamentals, 1
  • One week of Construction Fundamentals, 2
  • One week of Grade Checking, Scaffolding & Torching
  • One week of Forklift Training
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Traffic Control, Confined Space & HazWoper 40
  • Construction Math

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 Blia Xiong, HR Operations Director today!

Tel: (415) 339-2837