Civil Service Trades Pre-Apprenticeship

Program Duration: August 24th  - December 18th, 2020
Program Times: 5-9PM Tuesdays and Thursdays & Saturday September 19th and 26th
Location:  Los Medanos College – 2700 E Leland Rd, Pittsburg 

Program Overview: Get prepared to perform well on apprenticeship and civil service exams with this free 16-week pre-apprenticeship program. Union apprenticeships and careers at public agencies (ex. water and waste-water agencies and transit agencies) offer great benefits and opportunities for advancement.  Skilled trades jobs like mechanic, electrician, instrument technician and operator are in high demand.  Women and job seekers with previous conviction histories are encouraged to apply. 

This part-time program provides: 

  • Preparation for success in the union apprenticeship and civil service process 
  • Instruction in math, test-taking strategies, and spatial and mechanical reasoning 
  • Paid on-the-job training at Bay Area public agencies 
  • Referral to local apprenticeship and civil service testing opportunities 
  • Job search skills, interview prep, and resume assistance 
  • Site tours of potential employment sites at water and wastewater agencies 
  • Stipend and financial assistance for books, transportation, GED preparation, and childcare  
  • Post-training assistance with job placement and referral to apprentice testing opportunities 

Application Process: 

  1. Fill out the online application below 
  2. Eligible applicants will be contacted for a phone screen 
  3. Attend a math test prep class (strongly recommended) 
  4. Attend a required math assessment and in-person interview 
  5. High-scoring applicants will be accepted  
  6. Selected candidates will be invited to attend a mandatory Orientation / Welcome Session. 


  • Age 18 or older by August 1st, 2020 
  • Authorized to work in the US by August 1st, 2020 
  • Able to obtain a driver’s license 
  • GED or HS Diploma (preferred)  
  • Interest in the skilled trades 
  • Able to register at Los Medanos College for Fall 2020 classes 
  • Proof of Selective Services Registration (males only) 
Application Deadline

The application for the Civil Service Trades Pre-Apprenticeship program will close on July 15th, 2020 at midnight.
Will you be 18 years of age by August 1st, 2020? *
Will you be authorized to work in the United States by August 1st, 2020? *
How do you identify your gender? *
Do you have proof of Selective Services Registration (males only)? *
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