Pathways to Apprenticeship Program a Model for Connecting Talent to Opportunity

This month, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, CenterState CEO and other community partners announced recruitment is underway for the first class of Syracuse Build’s Pathways to Apprenticeship program. This comprehensive, paid, 11-week apprenticeship readiness training program is designed to help the local workforce, particularly women, people of color and veterans, gain access to the Building Trades’ registered apprenticeship programs and prepare them for the significant number of construction jobs being created by federal, state and local infrastructure investments, including I-81. CenterState CEO’s Work Train initiative is helping connect resources and partners for the Syracuse Build initiative and the Pathways to Apprenticeship program.

The program has already received more than 400 responses to the initial call for applicants, which will result in a highly competitive pool of potential candidates. This significant level of interest is an indication of the vast number of individuals looking for high-quality opportunities in our community. It also speaks to the effectiveness of the program’s model, which targets both unemployed and underemployed workers to help them access long-term careers. By directly focusing on women, people of color and veterans, providing paid training, and creating clear pathways to family sustaining jobs, we can empower and include more of the talented individuals in our community who are often disconnected from opportunities.

The applicant selection process is currently underway to welcome the first cohort in June. While Syracuse Build cannot accept everyone into the first cohort, they are planning for at least two additional cohorts. Also, the Work Train team and partners will mobilize to offer applicants other resources, referrals and assistance where possible. Furthermore, we will work with partners to make this a model that can be adapted across industries to help get more people into good jobs, to benefit not only the individuals but also strengthen our neighborhoods, economy and community.

Thank you to all our partners who have enabled the successful launch of this program. We look forward to highlighting more of the program’s work in the months ahead. To learn more about the program or how you can support these efforts contact Aimee Durfee at