The City of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.
Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild) is an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries. Rebuild seeks to improve pivotal community spaces, empower and engage communities, and promote economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion programs.
As part of these efforts, Rebuild is piloting two workforce development programs: The PHL Pipeline, a training-intensive program which prepares entry-level candidates to successfully transition into registered union apprenticeships; The PRA Talent Development Program, which places qualified candidates into union apprenticeships through positions at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA).
Trainees will assist a journey-level trades worker while learning a trade through a combination of on-the-job training and formal instruction, provided by Rebuild and affiliated unions. Trainees are expected to learn by observing, assisting, and performing assignments according to detailed instructions.
Rebuild is currently recruiting individuals interested in careers in painting, cement masonry, and roofing.
Assignments are well defined in nature. Tasks become more complex as the trainee progresses in skill.
Work is performed under the continuous supervision of a full-performance trades professional.
Summary of Duties:
– Participate actively in training as prescribed by the organization, assigned journeyperson, or trades instructor.
– Perform elementary trade tasks using the tools, equipment, and materials of the trade under supervision.
– Arrive on time and ready to work for each assignment.
Note of Working Conditions:
Trades work is strenuous work, requiring much walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, stooping, climbing and carrying. Work is often done outdoors in all kinds of weather except when conditions are very severe. Occupational hazards include the risk of falls from ladder or scaffolds, lime burns of the hands or the eyes, and skin or throat irritations. Exterior trades workers lose some worktime each year due to bad weather. Trades workers who work primarily on new construction may lose worktime during slowdowns in construction activity.
Note of Interest and Temperament:
Trades workers must have manual dexterity as well as steady nerves to work in high places. They should not be allergic to paint fumes, toxic materials, or spray dust. An artistic sense, good eyesight, and a sense of color are necessary to do a first-class job. Trades workers should have no fear of height, a good sense of balance, and a better-than-average sense of safety for themselves and their co-workers. They should enjoy working with their hands and accept working outdoors, sometimes under unpleasant working conditions.