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The Carpentry Academy

Every year, ten crew members are selected for the Carpentry Academy. Crew members are paid $15 per hour for six weeks of hands-on training at Eastern State Penitentiary under the instruction and support of experts at Window Repairs & Restoration and the Carpenters Joint Apprentice Training Center of Philadelphia & Vicinity. No experience is required to apply for the Carpentry Academy. While working at Eastern State, crew members will learn about the many ways to shape a career in the construction industry, prepare for the apprenticeship exam, and gain the foundational skills needed to kickstart a career as a carpenter.

After the academy, graduates are encouraged to participate in the intake process for the Philadelphia Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Program – the first step toward a career with living wages, healthcare and retirement benefits, and opportunities for continuous career advancement.

The next Carpentry Academy begins February 27! Here are some important milestones for applicants:

Informational Sessions: 
Choose one to attend. RSVP required. Click here to register for a virtual session. Click here to register for an in-person session.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Virtual)
  • Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (In Person - PA CareerLink Suburban Station)
  • Thursday, December 15, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Virtual)
  • Thursday, January 5, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (In Person - PA CareerLink Suburban Station)
  • Thursday, January 5, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Virtual)

Worksite Demonstration Day:
Attend this mandatory event to learn what to expect during The Carpentry Academy. Meet the team, take a skills test, attend a carpentry demonstration, take a worksite visit and mini tour, and participate in a question & answer session.

  • Wednesday, January 11, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (In Person - Eastern State Penitentiary)

Other Important Dates:

  • Virtual Interviews – January 18 & 19
  • Academy Begins – February 27
  • Academy Ends – April 7

Apply Now

Applications will be accepted through January 6, 2023. For questions about eligibility and the application process, please contact Shaun Guess at [email protected].

The work of the Preservation Trades Center and the Carpentry Academy would not be possible without the tremendous support of our partners Window Repairs & Restoration LLC, Carpenters Joint Apprentice Training Center of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Rebuild, and PA CareerLink.

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