Job Corps

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades works with Job Corps to offer students a career in construction.

Job Corps is the Start of a Lifetime

The U.S. Job Corps program was launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 as part of his Great Society initiative to assist young men and women in learning a trade or skill that would allow them a successful life and career.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades became a part of the program in 1969. Since then, we’ve helped thousands find a better life in the union and on union jobs.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents over 30 crafts in construction and public services throughout the United States and Canada. Some of the core crafts that IUPAT Job Corps instructors teach students include commercial and industrial painting, drywall finishing, glazing and glasswork, sign and display, and floor installation.

Students who graduate from the Job Corps program have the opportunity to become an IUPAT apprentice, where they will not only continue to train in an IUPAT craft but work on job sites and begin collecting a check and benefits – They Earn While They Learn!

Job Corps Numbers to Know

Nearly 50,000 young people benefit from Job Corps each year at over 120 Job Corps centers in the United States.

Young men and women between the ages of 16-24 are eligible to enroll.

It takes only 8-24 months to complete and graduate from the Job Corps program.

The Job Corps program costs $0 for income-eligible students.

On-The-Job Training

Students work on training projects on the Job Corps Center and on community services projects off the center. Great care is taken to make every training project as close to a real employment situation as possible. This real hands-on training prepares the students for the job market. Students learn to use basic tools and materials and receive related instruction similar to that given in a regular Apprenticeship Program. Each Job Corps participant is expected to develop safe work habits and a positive and responsible attitude toward work.

General Education

In the classroom, IUPAT Job Corps students learn basic math and reading skills, which are necessary in today’s high-tech world. 

They also have an opportunity to earn a high school diploma or the equivalent G.E.D., which will assure that they meet education requirements for entrance into an IUPAT Apprenticeship Program.

More Information

Contact the IUPAT Job Corps Office at (410) 564-5870.

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