July 11, 2014
By Stephanie West
Boston, Mass. – Building Pathways of Boston is a highly successful pre-apprenticeship program that provides opportunities for low-income Boston area residents to attain a career in the building trades. Mayor Walsh has often referred to the Building Pathways Program as his proudest accomplishment in the building trades. On Friday, June 27 fifteen women and men graduated from the Program.
"Creating the Building Pathways program was one of my proudest achievements during my time with the Building Trades," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This is a program of opportunity that makes real, tangible change in the lives of women and people of color. I’m moved by the stories of the program participants, and I could not be more proud of the success of the program overall. Congratulations to the graduates, and I wish you the best of luck as you start your new careers."
The Building Pathways Program has many partners that assist in developing a successful program. The Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, the Building Trades Training Director Association, Action for Boston Community Development and several other organizations and unions provide leadership and support. Since 2011, Building Pathways has completed seven training cycles with over 100 graduates. The core elements of the program include extensive outreach and recruitment; 6-weeks of employment and occupational skills training courses; and career coaching, placement and retention counseling.