JumpStart is a construction training program that prepares city residents to become a licensed carpenter, plumber or electrician. Students go to class two nights a week for about 13 weeks. They gain a better understanding of construction jobs, receive intense math instruction that will be needed on the job and develop hands-on skills that they will use at work. They also become CPR and OSHA certified.
Students are placed in construction jobs after graduation where they earn at least $9.50 an hour and sometimes much more than that. If they do well on the job, they will enter formal apprenticeship that will allow them to eventually obtain their license. Licensed electricians, carpenters and plumbers typically make more than $20 per hour.
We have placed graduates with over 25 different employers in the area and JumpStart graduates working in construction are earning 60% more than they earned when they started training.
To attend JumpStart you must: be a Baltimore City resident; have a high school diploma or GED; and have reading and math ability at the 9th grade level or higher.
We’re always looking for more placements for our outstanding graduates. If you are a construction employer or know someone we should speak with, please contact Matt Stubbs at 410-234-8931.
Support for the program comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Open Society Institute - Baltimore.