Do you want to start building your career? We can help.

Opportunity Build students commit to 10-12 weeks of learning and preparing for success in the construction trades. Following up to 325 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training with retired union tradespeople, graduates receive a full year of employment and job retention support—entirely free. We offer an annual all-women cohort, Women Building the Bay.

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All enrolled students must:


  • Be at least 18 or older
  • Have a Social Security number/US work authorization
  • Have a valid photo ID or driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have proof of COVID-19 vaccination (fully vaccinated)
  • Qualify as low income

Upcoming in-person orientation and info sessions will take place on the following dates and times. Details can be found on Eventbrite.


  • Thursday, May 25, 11 AM–12 PM
  • Thursday, June 8, 11 AM–12 PM


Contact Marlin Jeffreys, Senior Program Manager, with questions:

2023 Training Dates

February 27–May 5, 2023 | Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

Women Building the Bay

Opportunity Build’s Women Building the Bay is the premier program in the Bay Area for connecting women and non-binary students to careers in the trades.

June 13–September 5, 2023 | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 PM–9:00 PM; Saturdays, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

Opportunity Build Core (Nights and Weekends)

For students that have daytime commitments, we offer a T/Th evening and Saturday day class each summer.

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October 10–December 15, 2023 | Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

Opportunity Build Core (Fall)

This full-time cohort supports students of all genders and backgrounds in launching new careers in the skilled trades.

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