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:


  • Thursday, April 25, at 1 PM
  • Thursday, May 2, at 1 PM
  • Thursday, May 9, at 1 PM
  • Thursday, May 23, at 1 PM


All info sessions will occur at 1116 36th Street, Oakland, CA. Please arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the scheduled start time.


Contact Omara Sin, Outreach and Communications Associate, with questions:

2024 Training Dates

February 26–May 3, 2024 | 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 11–September 7, 2024 | 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 Tuesday/Thursday evening and Saturday day class each summer.

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October 7–December 13, 2024 | 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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