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Apprenticeship Programs

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San Francisco will invest nearly $9 billion in improving and maintaining the City’s infrastructure through the Ten-Year Capital Plan and create tens of thousands of jobs. Public Works is committed to helping San Franciscans attain the skills and experience they need to be part of this growing workforce.  In partnership with Human Services Agency, JOBSNOW and local unions, our apprenticeship programs provide training to hundreds of participants.

Apprentice Cement Mason
Our Cement Mason Apprenticeship Program provides entry level positions to individuals transitioning into cement mason jobs. Apprentices receive on-the-job training in various aspects of cement masonry work, and attend related supplemental instruction on their own time, which provides detailed training as to the proper use and maintenance of tools, equipment and materials utilized in the performance of concrete work, as well as the technical methods and procedures for mixing, pouring and finishing concrete.

For more information, see the Department of Human Resources job classification 7398

Apprentice Gardener 
Our Horticulture Training Program provides entry level positions to individuals transitioning into gardening jobs. Learn to perform care and maintenance of plants and landscaped areas including planting, pruning and pest control. Participate in training programs and work hand in hand with our gardeners to maintain public squares, parks, median strips, playgrounds and other landscaped areas.

For more information, see the Department of Human Resources job classification #3410

Apprentice Laborer/Environmental Service Worker
Our state certified program provides entry level positions to individuals transitioning into laborer jobs. Learn to remove graffiti, refuse and dirt, operate power equipment, load and unload material in a safe manner, set up traffic barricades, repair equipment and much more. Participate in training programs and work hand in hand with DPW employees to beautify and maintain city streets, landscaped areas and public facilities in a safe, healthy and attractive condition.

For more information, see the Department of Human Resources job classification #7501

Pre-Apprenticeship Program 
Our Pre-Apprenticeship Program prepares Public Service Aides for future training as apprentice gardeners and laborers. Learn about our functions and programs, practice basic record keeping, provide information to the public, assist maintenance workers and gardeners, and much more. Participate in training classes on health and safety; communication skills; graffiti removal including product application and best practices; sweeping and weeding techniques; litter and debris pick-up; equipment and radio use and proper protocol and procedures.

For more information, see the Department of Human Resources job classification #9916

Office of Economic and Workforce Development training programs

San Francisco Building Trades Council apprenticeship programs