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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).

    WDI has a 35-year history of providing quality services for adults and youth throughout the state of Michigan. All services are provided free of charge, regardless of your job situation, education level, experience, or skill level.

    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
    • Occupational skills training
    • Apprenticeship and apprenticeship readiness training
    • Computers and internet for job search on Pure Michigan Talent Connect (
    • Skills assessments
    • Career coaching & exploration
    • Job leads
    • Job fairs or other hiring events
    • Veterans, youth, refugees/immigrants and recipients of public assistance may be eligible for additional services to assist in your career exploration
  • 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.

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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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