Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council

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Building Pathways Maine 2018

The purpose of Building Pathways Maine (BP-ME) is to prepare men and women to enter an apprenticeship program in the building and construction trades via a comprehensive multi-craft curriculum. Funded in part by the North American Building Trades Unions and coordinated by the MSBCTC, BP-ME 2018 provides individuals with the knowledge they’ll need to make them attractive candidates for further education and training in the field of construction. While not an express guarantee of employment, students who successfully complete the BP-ME 2018 training will be prepared for and offered an interview with an affiliated labor union and business partner’s joint apprenticeship training program.  APPLY TODAY!

Focus Learner Population
While the nationally-recognized multi-craft core training can be tailored towards a wide range of learners, BP-ME 2018 will initially target 20 adult learners who make up Portland’s immigrant population. Successfully training this population via the multi-craft curriculum will provide a two-fold benefit: training men and women so that they can forge ahead on a pathway to the middle class via a good job with benefits for them and their families; and working to help diversify a local workforce that can benefit from the richness of culture and experience that our immigrant neighbors bring to our society.

The MSBCTC  has engaged a targeted and inclusive list of community partners to ensure a successful implementation of BP-ME 2018:

  • The City of Portland
  • Portland Public Schools/Portland Adult Education
  • Catholic Charities Maine
  • The Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center
  • Southern Maine Community College
  • Greater Portland Workforce Initiative
  • Greater Portland CareerCenter
  • The University of Maine, Bureau of Labor Education

​​The Curriculum
Developed and approved by the Building Trades National Apprenticeship and Training Committee in 2007, the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) is a comprehensive apprenticeship readiness program that provides a gateway for community residents to gain access to registered apprenticeship programs. Recognized by the US Departments of Labor, the curriculum will be delivered by subject matter experts and guest presenters in the various fields of study, during a 3 week day-long course. BP-ME 2018 consists of 120 hours of classroom and explorational learning, covering the topics of:

  • Industry & Trades Awareness
  • Tools & Materials
  • Construction Math
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Health & Safety (OSHA 10 - CPR - First Aid)
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Heritage of the American Worker


Class starts July 9, 2018 with a graduation date of July 27, 2018. Class will be held from 8am to 4pm at Portland Adult Education (14 Locust Street, Portland). Interviews for apprenticeships with participating trades will occur during the month of August, 2018. Fully completed applications are due June 15th. 

​​Send completed applications to: or mail to:
519 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

For more information, contact Jason Shedlock at 207.613.0584 or

All applications will be processed regardless of sex, race, color, creed or national origin