The YouthBuild PCS Workforce Training Program is comprised of vocational education, basic on-site construction training, and specialized construction training.
These offerings provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable employability skills while giving back to their community by building housing for low-income residents in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Students spend up to 40 percent of their overall time at YouthBuild PCS on a construction work site or in vocational education classes. Through partnerships with local non-profit housing developers, YouthBuild PCS students work on an actual construction site under the supervision of skilled construction trainers.
Trainers create a “real world” working environment in order to teach and reinforce development of soft skills such as punctuality, attendance, preparation, ability to work on a team, and efficiency in completing daily tasks—while also helping students gain hard construction and design skills. Students also have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills on the work site by assuming various roles such as crew chief, safety monitor, and tools and equipment manager.