NUL California

Construction Trade


A strong demand for workers continues in the building trades and construction industry sector, that demand increases as populations, businesses, and local economies expand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is among the top ten of the nation’s industries, constituting almost 5 percent of the total national gross domestic product. In California, the National Urban League’s Workforce Development Division in partnership with Walmart, has come together to fill the state’s long term occupational projections for the building trades and construction industry needs by creating a Construction Trades Career Ladder Program (CTCLP).


As a CTCLP, the Urban League of San Diego County will prepare unemployed and underemployed individuals for jobs in the construction industry. The program will operate over a two-year period, commencing on November 1 2014 and concluding on October 31, 2016.


The program will offer participants, 18 years and older, occupation specific training in the construction industry so that participants acquire job-specific skills that prepare them to select and pursue career paths as Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians, Pipefitters, Plumbers, Painters, Truck Drivers, HVAC Operators, and other apprenticeship opportunities. The training will incorporate and apply academic core content to career-related education. These interdisciplinary approaches will provide participants with both foundational and advanced skills in the occupations directly or pursue further specialty training. In addition, other types of support services such as housing and counseling will be incorporated as needed.



<20% Program Dropout Rate

>60% Credential Attainment Rate

>50% Participants Enrolled into GED Classes Attain their GED

>60% Placement Rate

Education and Youth Development