What Types of Free Trade School Programs Are Offered?

The U.S. Department of Labor and Job Corps offer different types of free training for individuals interested in trade schools. For example, trade or professional organizations, such as carpenter, electrical, plumber and cement workers' unions, can partner with the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration to provide these programs.

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration oversees the national program called Registered Apprenticeship. This program offers free-on-the-job training and classroom instruction for different occupations, including trade positions. Carpentry, pipefitting, construction craft labor, electrical work and elevator construction are a few of the different trades and industries for which there are apprenticeship programs.

To provide this program across the nation, the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration partners with different organizations, workforce agencies, colleges and industry associations. Participants in the Registered Apprenticeship program earn a salary that increases as they gain more experience in their specific fields. Additionally, program participants who successful complete an apprenticeship program can receive certification that is respected in their industry.

Depending on the type of trade, an apprenticeship program can take from two to five years, notes ConstructionSkills.org. This website offers links to different unions in New York that offer these programs.

Job Corps is a program funded by the federal government that helps young people between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age obtain training in different careers, including machining, welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, bricklaying and cement masonry. Participants of this program can also get a GED or high school diploma. The Job Corps program provides overall training, which prepares participants to gain employment in many skill trades. However, participants of this program must meet certain low-income criteria.