The pre-apprenticeship program offers paid summer internships in high school in the building trades


Young woman works as a carpenter or craftsman in a wood workshop

The Hawaiʻi Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education, is accepting applications through March 25 for its 2022 Career Connections Pre-Apprenticeship Summer Program.

The paid summer program is designed to create a bright future for high school students interested in learning more about construction and building trades.

The Career Connections program begins with an introductory state-of-the-industry training orientation provided free of charge, followed by a paid six-week internship with a Maui contractor. Training sessions will take place via Zoom and in person at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. Summer interns are paid $15 an hour and are exposed to carpentry trades. On the construction site, they will follow an experienced journeyman or supervisor.

“This program gives our youth an ideal opportunity to explore their interest in the construction trades and achieve success beyond the classroom,” said Edmund Aczon, Executive Director of HCATF. “The basic training period we offer, followed by an extended period on the jobsite, will result in invaluable growth experience.”

High school students aged 16 and over, including those who will be graduating with the class of 2022, and who have completed or are currently enrolled in a Level 2 building and construction course are eligible to apply.


Since 2017, the Career Connections program has grown to 30 participating high schools statewide, including Henry Perrine Baldwin, King Kekaulike, Lānaʻi, Maui, and Molokaʻi High Schools.


In 2021, when the Career Connections summer program expanded to Maui, two students from Maui High were paired with Viking Construction Inc. Following this positive experience, Viking Project Manager Selwyn Bate joined is committed to participating in the summer program for the foreseeable future. . Bate thinks the opportunity offered by his company is a great fit for someone who enjoys hands-on work.

“The interns were really green when they first arrived, but they had a great attitude, so we tried — exposing them to all aspects of the project, and they handled it well,” Bate said. “It’s a win-win for us to be able to hire someone at the very beginning of their career and then teach them how we do things to train them.

Career Connections interns will be selected by a selection committee based on their student application, teacher recommendation, and interview. The number of interns selected from each island will depend on the final number of internships offered by the participating construction companies. This process is still ongoing and will be finalized over the next two months.


Interested applicants, family members and/or teachers can find out more by contacting HCATF at 808-848-0794 ext. 181 or email [email protected] The deadline for submission is March 25, 2022, but HCATF encourages applicants to apply early in order to welcome all qualified applicants.


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