The apprenticeship program is a paid job training opportunity in which Twin Cities youth develop skills in technical woodworking, social and emotional learning, career-readiness, and a connection to local waterways.
The program hires youth who qualify as low-income and/or have employment barriers and they have the option to participate from 3 - 12 months (initial commitment is one session). Pay starts at $9.65/hour with opportunities to receive a raise with each session.
Technical: safe tool use, measurement, wood species identification
Social & Emotional: receiving feedback, cultivating a growth mindset, working within a diverse team
Career Readiness: offsite field trips to work sites & college campuses, mock interviews, resume writing, financial literacy, goal setting
Apprentices work alongside Urban Boatbuilders instructors learning technical boat building skills while earning money. Once the boats are finished, apprentices get to enjoy their hard work by launching and paddling them in nearby lakes. In the spring and fall apprentices go on a canoe and camping trip on a nearby river, and in August they go on a five-day trip to the Boundary Waters with homemade boats and paddles in tow.
It’s a comprehensive program that seeks to empower youth through hands-on learning projects while working to expand the possibilities and paths they envision for their futures.
16 - 19 years of age at the time of application
Be eligible for free or reduced price lunch or have a barrier to employment, including but not limited to students with IEPs, limited English proficiency, juvenile offenders and youth in diversion programs, youth with chemical dependency issues, or youth who are parenting. This is only a guideline. If you are not sure if you qualify, please apply.
All women, non-binary and genderqueer youth are strongly encouraged to apply.
Have questions about the apprenticeship or the application process? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be directed to the relevant party.