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Access for All

Program Overview

Access for All is a free 300 hour construction trades training program that prepares you for a rewarding career in the construction industry. We provide support for basic needs such as transportation and child care, and a small stipend for expenses during the training. Graduates earn credentials in: OSHA 30, First Aid/CPR, and Asbestos, Lead and Silica Awareness and a nationally recognized certificate from the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU).

  • For more than 30 years, we’ve helped thousands of workers complete their education and find full-time employment. Our services include:
  • Career planning and coaching
  • Job Placement assistance
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Skills assessments
  • Supportive Services
  • Employability Skills Workshops
  • Pre-apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Training

Program Requirements

  • Score at least a Level 4 in WorkKeys Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information assessments. If your scores are lower, let us know. We can connect you with ACT Career Ready 101 or the Khan Academy. Many of our students also found help through local adult education programs.
  • Be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a drug test, criminal background check, and physical exam.
  • Have reliable transportation to get to and from worksites.
  • Complete a personal interview with a panel.
  • Each site may have additional requirements.

Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of people get the training and development to join the skilled workforce as boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, cement masons, electricians, elevator constructors, glaziers, insulators, iron workers, laborers, millwrights, operating engineers, painters, pipe fitters, plasters, plumbers, roofers, sprinkler fitters, and sheet metal workers.

A Story of Hope

Alumni Success Videos

Built by Labor: Construction Craft Laborers Build Michigan

Operating Engineers 324 and Access For All

Access For All and OE324 Partner in Highland Park

Detroit at Work: 10,000 Opportunities

Ford's 'fast-track' program helping Detroiters learn trades while working on train station

Education is Not a Crime builds a bus shelter for school kids in Detroit

Impact by the Numbers

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Total enrollments in Access for All


Total graduates of Access for All


Graduates currently employed


Graduates in industry related employment


Graduates who entered apprenticeships


Where our graduates continued their career growth






Iron Workers


Operating Engineers






Sheet Metal Workers

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Our mission is to combat economic and environmental injustice by connecting the unemployed or underemployed with the training and resources necessary to find gainful employment and transition Michigan to a cleaner, greener economy.

The Michigan Workforce Development Institute is affiliated with the Michigan State AFL-CIO.

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