Start your construction career with training, skills, and support.

Wilmington’s Pre-Apprentice Construction Helper program puts you on the fast track for a career in the construction field. In just 6 weeks, you’ll receive hands-on training that will prepare you to work on a job site and be an important part of the team from day one. You will receive a weekly stipend, receive credit towards one semester of Delaware’s Registered Apprenticeship Program Carpentry Pathway and will earn OSHA-10 and NCCER core certifications. At the end of the program, students in good standing will interview for open positions with registered sponsor employers — all at no cost to you

This program is hosted by the Delaware Skills Center and Williamson College of the Trades in partnership with the Associated Builders and Contractors-Delaware Chapter and Wilmington Alliance.

By choosing “register interest” your name will be placed on a waiting list for future classes and you will be contacted by a staff member when normal operations resume.

Program Length

6 Weeks


Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

This program is presented in partnership with Wilmington Leaders Alliance Logo Williamson College of the Trades Logo

Ready to get started?

  1. 15 minutes 1

    Register Interest

    By choosing “register interest” your name will be placed on a waiting list for future classes and you will be contacted by a staff member when normal operations resume.
    Register Interest

  2. 30 minutes 2

    In Person Interview

    Generation wants to support you and connect you to resources that will help you focus on learning. We will use this time to learn about your living situation, background, and child care needs you might have. We'll also go over the program requirements, times, and dates of class.

  3. 1-2 hours 3


    Meet the instructor, program coordinator, and mentor. You'll receive the program handbook and fill out enrollment forms. During this time, you'll complete the TABE Assessment and your background check will be submitted. The Generation team will help you understand what will happen over the course of the program and you'll participate in fun icebreakers!

  4. 4

    Class Begins

    Every day, you'll learn new skills to help you advance your career.


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OSHA 10-Hour Construction

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NCCER Core Curriculum


  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Pass a background check and drug screening
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds


Questions? Reach Out!

The Generation team looks forward to hearing from you and sharing how Generation can help you reach your goals.


Construction helpers work on a variety of projects and tasks at a construction site. They assist skilled tradesmen, like electricians, engineers, and carpenters, and prepare the construction job site for the day's work. A construction helper may help set up scaffolding, arrange concrete forms before concrete is formed, or remove debris. Construction helpers work hard to make sure that a project is running on schedule and are valued members of the construction team.

Skills Earned

Technical Skills

We'll help you learn the technical skills with lots of hands-on, interactive sessions. By the end, you'll know how to:

  • Identify common worksite hazards and apply appropriate safety protocols at all times
  • Work with a partner to complete complex tasks on time
  • Apply math to construction projects
  • Use power tools, hand tools, and construction materials safely and efficiently

Behavior & Mindsets

In every job, there are key skills that will help you be successful. We'll help you learn how to:

  • Work on a team
  • Communicate effectively
  • Plan ahead at the worksite
  • Solve problems

What your journey will look like

  • 1

    Step 1

    Complete an application.
  • 2

    Step 2

    Complete Generation's orientation process with Generation staff. Together, we'll make sure you're ready to begin class with the resources you need to succeed.
  • 3

    Step 3

    Begin your program. Complete all assigned homework and come to class each day ready to learn and engage with your cohort and your instructor.
  • 4

    Step 4

    As training progresses, you'll work with the Generation team on mock interviews and perfecting your resume.
  • 5

    Step 5

    Graduate and celebrate your achievement with your friends and family. Generation staff will work with you as you apply for jobs and interview with Generation employer partners.
  • 6

    Step 6

    Continue to advance your career. Share your successes with the Generation team and stay connected with Generation.

How we prepare you

In a world of employment programs, Generation takes a different approach to help you succeed. Generation instructors and mentors get to know each student and are there with resources, tools, and information if a student encounters a barrier.


The instructors and mentors at Generation aren't just teachers, they're coaches who stand by their students through successes and challenges.

Resume Building

The right resume can open the door to new career opportunities. Generation students learn how to create a resume that showcases their skills and experiences.

Interview Rehearsal

By conducting mock interviews, then providing real-time feedback and coaching, the Generation team ensures that all graduates feel confident and prepared to interview.

Ongoing Support

After graduation, mentors and instructors continue to check in with alums, providing support with the job search and advice for continued success.

Ongoing benefits of Generation

A Trusted Network

Continued contact with the alumni network


Events and workshops to help you keep growing

Give Back

Become a mentor to help others


Troubleshoot your job challenges