PACT: Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training

PACT integrates work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training.  Related academics (contextual learning)industry-focused job readiness, employability skills, career development, life skills, and on the job training are all a part of PACT.

An entry level curriculum; PACT relies on the training program or its instructor to provide a project (rehab, new construction or community benefit project,etc.) to teach intensive hand-on, jobsite experience, where students can apply the skills introduced in the classroom. And in the classroom, training stations are a uniquely valuable and motivating tool for students to hone their skills as they gradually gain confidence in their abilities.

—        Hands-on learning in construction lab environment

  • Instructed by experienced construction professional, supervised by a Journeyman Carpenter/Licensed Contractor
  • Solar power and construction project based training
  • Electrical wiring, painting, roofing, walls, flooring, plumbing
  • Tools, facility maintenance, new construction techniques
  • Communication skills, following instructions, workplace safety
  • Hands-on learning On the Job Training Opportunities
    • ContraCostaCounty Housing Authority
    • City of Pittsburg – SmallWorldPark
    • Habitat for Humanities
    • Rebuilding Together

The classroom component of PACT is designed to reinforce construction math, safe and proper use of hand and power tools, blue print reading, vocabulary and terminology as well as employability skills.  The hands on training component exposes them to trade skills experience, tool use, jobsite safety, productive work habits and application of mathematical concepts.

The Skill Achievement Record (SAR) is used to track and document student progress in all areas of the PACT curriculum, classroom academics, hands on construction competency and life skills attainment.

Students are not only introduced to building, they are also exposed to its theory and practice while they are exposed to several industry trades. Efforts are made to introduce students to all aspects of the industry and its variety of careers.  PACT graduates have the entry-level skills to secure entry level employment in their chosen trade- carpentry, electrical,plumbing, landscaping, masonry, painting, facilities maintenance and weatherization as well as other related residential and light commercial construction careers.



Photovoltaic 1 – Solar Theory – 40 hours

Photovoltaic 2 – Solar installation residential/commercial – 80 Hours

Safety Certification  – OSHA 10 , CPR/First Aid, Flagger, Traffic Control, and Confined Spaces – 40 hours

Future Build participants are also able to participate in additional classes/trainings offered at the Terrance J. O’Sullivan Laborers Training Center in San Ramon (space permitting and upon approval of Case Manager).



This class provides additional instruction in math and mechanical reasoning for those seeking to pass the Plumber’s Examination for entry into any of the plumber’sunion’s apprenticeship programs.  This is an optional class that is offered to self-motivated candidates outside of the normal Future Build program hours.



Pre-apprenticeship training (classroom and laboratory) are married to practical applications in the field. The practical applications can also be referred to as “community benefit projects”. Community benefit projects are where the trainees exercise what they have learned in the classroom and lab by improving facilities in public housing projects, rehabilitation of homes for low income residents, schools, and public recreational facilities such as parks.

Most recently Future Build made facility improvements to a facility in Pittsburg that caters to young children, SmallWorldPark. The improvements included a large deck/walk way that spans the park’s pond, as well redoing doors, trim, hardware, and painting several of the park’s structures. Drainage work was also included.

Prior to that community benefit project Future Build made improvements to the community room in the publicly owned senior housing complex in Bay Point, Casa Serena and built a 16×20 Storage Unit, and an off grid solar trailer which produces 1 kilowatt of electricity commissioned by Pittsburg Power for use in teaching the benefits of solar at local schools.




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