Are you interested in a career in construction and the building trades? YouthBuild Lake County’s FREE pre-apprenticeship program can prepare you to successfully transition to a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship in the trades! This 10-week program is for young people aged 18 or older who already have their high school diploma or equivalent, and are interested in starting a career in the construction industry. Trainees gain field experience on construction sites to ensure that they are ready for employment in the field upon graduation. If you are interested in applying or want to learn more information, click below!

The Program

The pre-apprenticeship program will run 3 programs in 2024:

APRIL 15th – JUNE 21st

The Pre-Apprentice programs runs for 10 weeks for a total of 270 hours of training. A weekly stipend is included in this program to help support your career transition.

Over the course of the program, trainees will gain a first hand experience with the building trades on site and in a classroom setting. Trainees will also earn certifications in OSHA 10, NCCER Core, and CPR/First Aid. At the end of the 10 weeks, graduating trainees will be equipped with the experience and certifications necessary to enter a Department of Labor certified apprenticeship in one of the building trades. If you are interesting in enrolling, apply today!


To enroll in YouthBuild Lake County’s FREE pre-apprenticeship program, you must meet 3 requirements:

  • Illinois Resident
  • At Least 18 Years Old
  • Possess A High School Diploma or G.E.D.
If you meet all 3 requirements and are interesting in enrolling, apply here today!

What's Included?

YouthBuild Lake County is committed to assisting pre-apprentices in developing beyond the construction site. As a member of YouthBuild Lake County, you will have access to:

  • Resume Development
  • Supportive Services
  • Transportation Assistance
  • And Much More!

In addition to these and other resources, YouthBuild Lake County will pay a weekly stipend to help assist your career transition. We want to make sure all of our trainees are equipped with the proper tools to be successful in their new career.

Get More Information

If you are interested in applying to YouthBuild Lake County’s pre-apprentice program or want more information, please contact Dahyembi Neal at or by calling at (847) 473-3483 x 107.

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