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Construction 101 and Weatherization 101 Workshops

Make a Change and Make a Difference

ReSOURCE’s construction training programs equip work-ready individuals with the skills necessary to enter the carpentry, construction and weatherization fields  

These six-week, workshop intensives provide tool handling, safety techniques and technical knowledge for obtaining high-paying jobs in the construction trades  


A six week intensive program designed to equip you with the skills necessary for an entry-level job in the well-paid and growing field of weatherization and home energy efficiency


Join the Green-Energy movement in the fast-growing, HIGH-WAGE field of home-energy efficiency as a WEATHERIZATION TECHNICIAN. 


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Weatherization Technicians perform a range of construction activities that help weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Duties include repairing windows, insulating ducts, and performing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) work.  Experienced Weatherization Technicians may move on to perform energy audits and advise clients on energy conservation measures.  Help Vermonters save money and help our climate by saving energy.   

ReSOURCE’s Weatherization 101 is provided with the support of the Burlington Electric Department (BED), Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).


Certification – Students will earn an OSHA-10 certificate for job site and construction safety – an essential certification for anyone entering the profession and one valued by employers.

Weatherization – Students will learn the principles of home-energy efficiency and building science. They will practice the weatherization techniques of air sealing, foam and cellulose application, proper ventilation, and moisture barrier setup. The curriculum follows the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Installer/Technician guidelines.

Carpentry & Construction – Students will learn how to properly and safely use carpentry power and hand tools; carpentry vocabulary and job-site rules; and residential construction-techniques. Students will also learn construction math, job site safety, materials handling, and construction drawings and blueprints.

Professional Development & Job Placement

Working together with ReSOURCE’s experienced employment counselor, students will: 

  • Develop a weatherization-specific resume,  

  • Build job-searching and job-retention skills, and  

  • Meet with local weatherization employers.   

For the final two weeks of the program, work-ready participantwill be placed in on-the-job work experiences with local employers that are looking to hire.  The Employment Counselor works individually with students to find a job placement that meets their needs. 


The Burlington Weatherization 101 workshop is held at ReSOURCE Burlington’s South End Joinery workshop. 

  • Address: 339 Pine St, Burlington VT,  

  • Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm.  

Each student will be equipped with the necessary tools of the trade, will have their own bench space to work on, and will learn to work collaboratively with others accomplishing projects. Class time will be split between seminar-style training and hands-on building and weatherization projects. 


Chris Parsons -Weatherization & OSHA10 – Chris has been in the building trades for nearly 20 years as a carpenter in Vermont and Colorado.  While his background extends from rough framing to finish carpentry, he has spent the last 13 years focused on the nuances of improving the efficiency, comfort and health of homes in winter climates.  Through partnerships with local state and private organizations, Chris has trained countless future builders how to protect a home from the outside elements in order to maximize energy efficiency and comfort for the resident.  Chris holds certifications from the Building Performance Institute, along with being an authorized OSHA instructor.   

Pam Laser – Personal and Professional Development and Job Placement Pam has been working with and placing ReSOURCE trainees with area employers for over eight years.   She focuses on learning the interests and skills of each trainee and supporting them in connecting with employers who would be their best fit.   She is a trained Career Development Facilitator from the National Career Development Association.


COST: Free.

STIPENDS – $300/week for qualifying students.

PREREQUISITES  (Required by the Weatherization industry) 

Weatherization 101 is open to students:  

  • Age 18 or over, 

  • Proficient in English conversation, 

  • Interested in working in the trades, and  

  • Ready and interested in working a full-time job in the trades, and  

  • Able to work a full-time, 40 hour, physically-demanding job.    

 Prior construction knowledge or experience is NOT required.    

COVID PRECAUTIONS – The program will follow all current COVID safety practices.   Those not vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus will be required to wear masks.   


NEXT STEPS – Complete an application! 



QUESTIONS? For more information and to apply, contact Pam Laser,  Lead Employment & Transition Coordinator,  plaser@resourcevt.org802.324.2091 



A six-week intensive program designed to equip you with the skills and certifications necessary for an entry level job in the construction trades


Start a new career in the high-demand, good-wage, construction trades of carpentry, electrical, HVAC, pipe-fitting, plumbing, maintenance, weatherization or site preparation by enrolling in Construction 101

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Construction 101 prepares trainees for entry-level work in the construction trades.  During this six-week course, participants earn OSHA 10 certification,  NCCER credentials, and receive job placement opportunities.   98% of graduates have been placed in employment earning an average wage over $17/hour

2022 Construction 101 sessions dates:

  • St. Albans: February 7 – March 18, 2022

  • Burlington 1: March 21- April 29, 2022

  • Rutland: May 2 – June 10, 2022

  • Burlington 2: June 13 – July 22, 2022

  • Bennington: July 25 – September 2, 2022

  • St. Johnsbury: September 19 – October 28, 2022


Hands-on Learning – Students will learn and have hands-on experience with:

  • The proper and safe use of hand and power tools.

  • Common construction vocabulary and job-site rules.

  • Useful residential and commercial construction-techniques.

  • Construction math, jobsite safety, and materials handling.

Each trainee has access to the necessary tools-of-the-trade. Students practice being on a construction crew working collaboratively with their fellow trainees.  They work on construction projects as they would on a real jobsite. Class time is split between hands-on learning, building projects, and classroom training.


Credentials and Certifications – Earn:

NCCER Credentials – Students have the opportunity to earn National Center for Construction Education and Research credentials in:

o             Hand Tools
o             Power Tools
o             Jobsite safety

OSHA-10 Certification in Job Site and Construction Safety – An essential certification for anyone entering the profession.  Employers regard it highly.

Professional Development

Students will:

  • Develop a professional, construction-oriented resume

  • Build job-searching and job-retention skills.

  • Meet with hiring employers.

Work Experience and Job Placement

Work-ready trainees participate in on-the-job work experiences with local, hiring employers.  Construction 101 staff work individually with students to identify a job placement that meets their individual interests and needs.



A range of employer-partner companies have provided work experiences and hired Construction 101 graduates, and we are always adding new employers as program partners.  Some employer-partners to-date include:

Machia Construction
ESI Electrical
LWI Metalworks
Green Mountain Management
Polli Construction
PC Construction
Vermont Mechanical
Resourceful Renovators
Cathedral Square
New England Chimney Supply
Green Mountain Electric Supply
Yellow Dog Construction
Building Energy
Overhead Door/Integrated Building Products
CVOEO Weatherization
RAK Solar
Weatherization and Renovation of Montpelier (WARM)
Lloyd Plumbing and Electrical
Wilson Woodworks
Fecteau Homes
GB Construction
Skada Builders

SCHEDULE – The course meets Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm


  • St. Albans
    Location TBD

  • Burlington
    ReSOURCE Burlington, 339 Pine St. Burlington.

  • Rutland
    Location TBD

  • Bennington
    Southwest VT Regional Technical Center (SVRTC)
    321 Park St., Bennington, VT.

  • St. Johnsbury
    Location TBD

COST:  Tuition is FREE for qualifying Vermonters.   For eligibility questions, contact Pam Laser,  plaser@resourcevt.org802-324-2091 or Jeff Schake,  jschake@resourcevt.org, 802-857-4347

STIPENDS: Trainees receive $502/week during the training

PREREQUISITES: Construction 101 applies the requirements that construction companies have for their staff

Construction 101 is open to students:

  • Age 18 or over,

  • Proficient in English conversation,

  • Interested in working full-time in the trades, and

  • Ready and able to work a full-time, 40-hour, physically-demanding job

Prior construction knowledge or experience is NOT required.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: The program will follow all current COVID safety-practices

ReSOURCE’s Construction 101 training programs are funded by the VT Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Burlington Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO).


NEXT STEPS: Complete an application!



Instructor Chris Parsons describes the Weatherization 101 workshop in the video below

For more Information


 Pam Laser

Lead Employment and Transition Coordinator



About the South End Joinery

What is the South End Joinery?

The South End Joinery is a training woodshop featuring a skilled instructor base and a safe high-quality instructional wood shop. Based out of the ReSOURCE woodshop at 339 Pine Street, the South End Joinery, offering a variety of workshop intensives for the aspiring woodworker.