Opportunity Build is an industry-certified construction training program, providing a path to union apprenticeship in the skilled trades. The program begins with 10-12 weeks of hands-on training at our Oakland facility and offers 12 months of one-on-one job placement and retention support. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in the union construction trades, becoming Sheet Metal Workers, Operating Engineers, Carpenters, and more. Certain trades offer direct entry for Opportunity Build graduates.

Opportunity Build teaches skills employers look for through hands-on and classroom training

What Opportunity Build Teaches You

You will learn the skills necessary to enter a union apprenticeship or job in construction.


Career Opportunities

As an Opportunity Build graduate, you will have job and apprenticeship opportunities in a number of in-demand fields.


Training Dates

For current and upcoming training details, click below.



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To apply for Opportunity Build, you must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Have a valid CA ID or driver’s license

  • Demonstrate an 8th grade reading, reading comprehension, writing, and math level
  • Have a Social Security card

  • Be fluent in English
  • Have a stable living situation
  • Be able to attend training every day, as required for each training date class

  • Have reliable transportation to and from training
  • Express strong motivation to find a job and/or enter an apprenticeship upon completion of training
  • Be willing to make a 12-month commitment to your own professional development and to Rising Sun


Please complete our brief program application here, or contact Opportunity Build Program Manager Marlin Jeffreys at 510-665-1501 ext. 342 or jeffreys@risingsunopp.org for more information.

“This was an excellent class and I am glad that I invested time and energy into it. I hope to stay connected to the contacts I have made here.”

Opportunity Build Participant

“It was very enlightening to learn how wasteful and inefficient most homes are and how important small fixes and behavioral changes are.”

Opportunity Build Participant

“I thought everything the class had to offer was fun. The hands on portion was great, I also thought the teaching was on point too.”

Opportunity Build Participant