Currently, the Campaign for Historic Trades recruits within the eligibility requirements of the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). The TTAP program is focused on recruiting young adults, ages 18 through 30, and post-9/11 veterans. Cohorts of TTAP apprentices ranging in size from 4 to 12 individuals and are located around the country. Generally, apprentices are placed in National Park units with significant preservation projects underway. TTAP apprentices are led by trained Park Service tradespeople and are provided several industry-accepted certifications during their six-month training.
Apprentices that complete the program, receive the “Introductory Construction Craft Skills” module accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and accepted as a standard and necessary certification when joining the construction workforce.
Graduates of the TTAP program will be qualified for non-competitive hiring by the federal agencies which have open positions that utilize the preservation skills that are taught during the apprenticeship program. They are also qualified for private-sector employment with preservation contractors. Starting wages at private-sector employers typically begin at $22 per hour and increases with tenure and skill levels.
When apprentices complete the training, the Campaign works to find suitable employment for the graduate within the National Park Service, other government agencies, or private company. Unique to the experience through the Campaign, our staff is already in contact with members of the Historic Trades Business Council that are ready to accept new graduates directly from the program.
There are cohorts across the country in America’s National Parks learning:
Apprentices accepted in the Campaing for Historic Trades should expect to:
Certifications & Skills
During the two-week intensive introduction to the core curriculum, apprentices revive OSHA safety certification. Apprentices that complete the full program, receive the “Introductory Construction Craft Skills” module accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and accepted as a standard and necessary certification when joining the construction workforce.
Additional opportunities to learn specific skills and earn certifications may arise at specific project locations, including but not limited to: operational leadership, defensive and safe weather driving, heavy lifting, chainsaw operation, lead safety, scaffold safety, and first aid.
Job Skills & Enhanced Training
Specific to the Campaign for Historic Trades program, apprentices will also receive training on skills essential to success in the workplace including professionalism, resume writing, and interview skills. These soft skills are part of the Campaign’s job placement efforts for all completed apprentices.
As a member of a cohort, apprentices have access to the National Park Service’s Common Learning Portal, a web-based resource used by employees across all disciplines of the Park Service to collaboratively practice skills for improving job performance.