A Nonprofit Community Enterprise

Construction 101 Workshop

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 and certifications necessary for an entry level job in the construction trades

Make A Change, Make A Difference.

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


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

2023 Construction 101 sessions dates:

  • Burlington: February 13, 2023

  • St. Johnsbury/White River Junction: March 20, 2023

  • Newport: May 15, 2023

  • Burlington: June 26, 2023

  • Morrisville: July 10, 2023

  • Springfield: September 25, 2023

  • Burlington: November 20, 2023


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, job site 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 an actual job site. 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

For the final two weeks of the program, work-ready participants will be placed in on-the-job work experiences with local employers looking to hire.  The Employment Counselor works individually with students to find a job placement that meets their 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, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


  • Burlington
    ReSOURCE Burlington,
    339 Pine St. Burlington.

  • Morrisville
    Green Mountain Tech and Career

  • St. Johnsbury/White River Junction
    CCV and NETO

  • Newport

  • Springfield

COST:  $4480, though tuition is FREE for qualifying Vermonters.   For eligibility questions, Maggie Robinson, [email protected], or Jeff Schake,  [email protected], 802-857-4347

STIPENDS: Weekly training stipend provided to all active participants

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!



For more Information


Maggie Robinson

Burlington Construction Training Coordinator

[email protected] 

Jeff Schake

Program Manager Construction Training

[email protected]