We live in a changing world where sustainability is essential for our well-being and the environment.
At Ecotone, we believe the best way to foster sustainability and empower our communities is to teach it to the next generation of builders.
That’s why we created a unique construction apprenticeship program incorporating eco-friendly practices and techniques.
Let’s explore how Ecotone transforms the industry by giving young people the skills they need to create a greener future.
Why Construction Apprenticeship Matters
Construction is one of the most dynamic and rewarding industries in the world. It’s the art and science of creating, designing, and building structures that enhance urban wellness.
But it is also a demanding and dynamic field that calls for continuous learning and innovation. That’s why construction apprenticeships are important.
A construction apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program. It allows learners to learn from experienced professionals, work on real projects, and earn a wage.
Construction apprenticeship can benefit learners in many ways, such as:
- Developing their technical, practical, and soft skills
- Enhancing their creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork abilities
- Building their confidence, self-reliance, and leadership potential
- Expanding their network and career opportunities
Construction apprenticeship can also benefit employers by:
- Creating a pool of qualified and motivated talent
- Improving productivity, quality, and innovation
- Reducing turnover, costs, and risks
- Strengthening their reputation and social responsibility
Clearly, a construction apprenticeship is a win-win situation for both apprentices and employers. It is a proven way to prepare apprentices for success in the design and construction industry.
How Ecotone’s Construction Apprenticeship Program Works
Our apprenticeship program aims to offer apprentices the best training and experience available.
We embrace diversity and inclusion—all ages, genders, races, creeds, etc. are welcome. Our program is open to anyone ready to commit to attending all the sessions, being punctual, and bringing positive energy.
Our program has evolved into two phases:
- The Apprentice Readiness Certificate program (ARC40) is the initial phase that teaches basic construction and carpentry skills. It’s a 40-week program that takes place on Saturdays.
- The Apprentice Placement phase places ARC40 graduates in full-time paid apprenticeships within our network. They also continue to receive support from the Ecotone team.
Ecotone’s Apprenticeship Program is an enriching and fulfilling way to start a construction journey. It will provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills, and credentials to succeed in this industry and enhance their communities and lives.
How Ecotone Supports and Mentors Its Apprentices
One main benefit of Ecotone’s Construction Apprentice Program is the chance to learn from the best mentors in design and construction.
Our mentors are skilled craftsmen and women with years of experience. They are passionate teachers dedicated to imparting their knowledge and wisdom to the next generation of builders.
We assign each apprentice a mentor who is an experienced staff member. The mentor acts as the apprentice’s coach, advisor, and role model. They help the apprentice with their learning goals, challenges, and progress.
We encourage regular communication and feedback between the apprentice and the mentor. This helps apprentices improve performance, identify strengths and weaknesses, and celebrate achievements.
We offer a supportive and inclusive work environment for our apprentices. They are treated as valued team members and given respect, trust, and autonomy. They are also encouraged to share their ideas, opinions, and feedback with others.
We foster a culture of excellence, innovation, and collaboration among our apprentices and staff. The culture promotes continuous learning, creativity, and problem-solving. It also reflects our values of sustainability, social impact, and customer satisfaction.
Hard and soft skills
Our mentors teach apprentices the technical aspects of their trades, like using tools, materials, methods, codes, standards, and best practices. They also teach soft skills essential for success, like communication, teamwork, leadership, ethics, and professionalism.
Success Stories of Ecotone’s Apprentices
We are proud of all our apprentices and their accomplishments.
Over the years, Ecotone’s apprentices have worked on various projects that have positively impacted New York City’s construction industry.
One of the many apprenticeship case studies that stood out is Craig.
Meet Craig Shaw
Craig discovered his passion for transforming discarded wood into beautiful and functional objects when he joined the Ecotone Apprenticeship Program in 2013. At the time, he was studying toward his Bachelor’s Degree in hospitality management.
He learned to see the potential in every piece of wood and to give it a new life and meaning. This experience sharpened his design skills and boosted his confidence.
After graduating from the Ecotone program, Craig pursued his Master’s in landscape architecture.
He is now a Landscape Designer, working hard to become a licensed Landscape Architect.
He also remains involved with Ecotone, helping to train and mentor new apprentices.
“This apprenticeship is valuable because you’re empowered with the knowledge and skills to build things for yourself and, most importantly, for others.” – Craig
Ecotone’s Construction Apprenticeship Program is a rare and worthwhile opportunity for those seeking to kickstart their career in the construction field.
It provides hands-on experience that equips apprentices with the essential skills to succeed in the design and construction industry.
It also provides them with support and mentoring to help develop their potential and achieve their goals.