Job Corps: A Good First Step


Job Corps is an educational and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. It serves at-risk men and women ages 16 to 24 and offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, and other services.

Job Corps students can find training and support in a safe environment at more than 100 campuses throughout the country. Students who qualify for the program receive the equivalent of a scholarship. They also receive room and board, medical care, work clothing, a cash allowance, and counseling.

Job Corps trains the whole person. Along with the educational and vocational training, students learn leadership, self-esteem, time and resource management, and how to think creatively and work effectively in a culturally diverse setting.

Training is open-entry and open-exit and can last up to two years, depending on the student’s progress in the program.

For more than 40 years, the UBC has contracted with the federal government to provide Job Corps students hands-on training in entry-level carpentry skills and essential construction procedures. We now operate 60 programs in 36 states, with 100 highly trained instructors. Our annual budget is more than $11 million.

The UBC Job Corps is a pre-apprenticeship program. Our instructors teach the students to use basic hand and power tools safely. The curriculum is derived from the same training that UBC members receive.

After completing the program, students can be placed in union-apprenticeship programs. Some of the many benefits they would then receive through the union include good pay, health insurance, and a retirement plan.

For more information on the UBC Job Corps, or to enroll in the program, call (800) 733-5627 or contact your state unemployment office.