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. Pay starts at $9.65/hour with opportunities to receive a raise.
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.
Summer Session Schedule:
The application for our summer session has closed. Due to a large number of returning youth for the fall session, we will not be opening our application for this cohort. Please check back for updates, as spots may open up as we confirm with current apprentices.
Fall Session Schedule:
September 24, 2018 - January 16, 2018
Crew A: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 3:00 - 6:00 pm OR
Crew B: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 3:00 - 6:00 pm
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.