BetterU Construction Training

Baltimore’s Pre-apprenticeship Construction Training Program

BetterU Construction Training is a 16-week pre-apprenticeship program for Baltimore residents with a high school diploma or GED. Experienced teachers prepare our students for success in the construction trades with an overview of entry-level plumbing, carpentry, and electrical skills.

Students also receive essential safety training, financial coaching, a stipend and driver’s education. More than 70 percent of students are placed in careers that lead to high wages and apprenticeships.

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Why Choose the BetterU Construction Training?

BetterU Construction Training classes are designed to model a real job site and provide students with hands-on experience.  With a focus on accountability, skills mastery and mathematics, you’ll leave the program ready for entry-level work on any construction site and the opportunity to develop the skills of a trade.

BetterU Construction Program provides –

  • Pre-apprenticeship training in entry-level plumbing, electrical, and carpentry skills
  • Classroom hands-on instruction, 2 evenings per week, 16 weeks
  • Math refresher and literacy refresher classes
  • Stipend per class if on time
  • Individual case management
  • Certifications in OSHA 10 Safety, First Aid, CPR, and Flagger
  • Driver’s education and money management courses
  • Job placement and employment retention services

Fall Class Schedule:

Fall classes will begin on Monday,  September 11, 2023.  Priority registration will open on June 1, 2023.
General registration opens from July 1 – August 11, 2023.

Spring Class Schedule:

Spring classes will begin on Monday, January 29, 2024.  Priority registration will open on October 1, 2023.
General registration opens November 1, 2023 – December 15, 2023.

Summer Class Schedule:

Summer classes will begin on Monday, May 10, 2024.  Priority registration will open on February 1, 2024.
General registration opens March 1, 2024 – April 10, 2024.

Applying to the BetterU Construction Program:

  • All interested candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • Baltimore City resident
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Earned a high-school diploma or GED
  • Be drug-free
  • Have a driver’s license or be willing to get one
  • Be prepared to take a math test
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Got questions?

Contact our Recruitment Case Manager, Charles Harper at 410-725-8341 or send an email to for questions.

Why Hire a BetterU Construction Training Graduate?

BetterU Construction Training gives graduates a full spectrum of career preparation. Through hands-on training, the development of math skills and high-performance standards, our students develop the skills to do the job right and learn how to meet the expectations of a future employer. Your company will receive a qualified, job-ready employee through our placement services. We only recommend qualified candidates, saving you time and money in the hiring process.

Want to hire a BetterU Graduate?

Contact us at or 410-234-8040.


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