The Preservation Trades Center (PTC) at Eastern State Penitentiary is a hub for workforce development in the preservation trades. Through paid, on-the-job training, PTC crew members work alongside expert craft workers and prepare for a career in the trades while preserving Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark.
Through specialty trade academies, the PTC connects Philadelphia communities that are underrepresented in the skilled trades — including returning citizens, women, and people of color — to long-term careers in the construction industry.
The PTC currently offers two six-week programs, a Masonry Academy and a Carpentry Academy, both with direct connections to full-time employment and union apprenticeships. We are actively seeking to expand our offerings to include additional preservation trades and employer partners.
The Carpentry Academy
Every year, ten crew members are selected for the Carpentry Academy. Applications for our 2023 Carpentry Academy (February 27 - April 7) are now closed. Check back soon for information about future cycles.
The Masonry Academy
Every year, ten crew members are selected for the Masonry Academy. Applications for our 2023 Masonry Academy (May 8 - June 2) are now closed. Check back soon for information about future cycles.