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Building and Construction Trades Union Academy

June 13-28, 2024


This program is for students entering grades 11 or 12 have residency within the COP District.

Are you ready to turn your passion into a promising career? Look no further than the Building and Construction Trades Academy.

Our skill-based, hands-on, earn-and-learn program is designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application.

The camp guarantees an immersive and interactive environment, fostering active participation from students. Students will be evaluated on safety, performance, production, attendance/punctuality, and attitude just like in a real apprenticeship.

Tradespeople will engage in hands-on activities directly linked to authentic workplace scenarios, guided by professionals from our trade unions.

Beyond mastering essential trade skills, participants will engage in:

  • Safety workshops with MIOSHA

  • Financial literacy seminars

  • Employablility skill development, including resume building

  • Apprenticeship seminar

  • Business immersion trips

This intensive 12-day program, running from June 13th to June 28th, 2024, offers high school juniors and seniors, regardless of gender, a unique opportunity to dive head-first into the world of skilled trades while earning a competitive wage.

Meet the Requirements & Cover Your Bases.

Space is limited to 14 motivated individuals!


Step 1: To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • High school junior or senior status in the Fall 2024

  • Residency within the COP District

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • Clothing requirements for safety:

    • Long sleeve cotton shirts

    • Jeans with no rips or frays

    • High cotton socks

    • Leather work boots required, steel-toed boots preferred

Step 2: Apply!

  • Registration opens May 1, 2024

Step 3: Attend Mandatory Interview and Informational Session on June 3, 2024 at 6:30p at the Industrial Arts Institute, Onaway, MI.

  • Interview for the position with the Northern MI Union Building Trades

  • Meet with Michigan Works! Talent Specialist

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