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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, held at the South End Joinery, ReSOURCE’s woodshop on Pine Street in Burlington, provide
tool handling, safety techniques and technical knowledge for obtaining high-paying jobs in the construction trades  

Upcoming Intensives


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



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

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.




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. 




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 12 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 seven 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.



DATES – October 5-Nov 13, Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00pm.



FREE to qualifying Vermonters.   Call or email for details.

Vermonters may be eligible for a VSAC Non-Degree Grant to cover cost.



STIPENDS – $330/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 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 COVID safety practices. Onsite, hands-on training will employ the wearing of masks, safe distancing, and the cleaning of surfaces. Virtual instruction will be implemented for classroom learning.




Construction 101
Spring 2021

Contact Andrew Jope
Program Director

ajope@resourcevt.org or 802-324-3450

For more Information


 Pam Laser

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.

What type of training will I receive?

During each intensive you will receive a specialized training in the woodworking craft, earn industry recognized certifications, receive personal and professional development training, and have a two-week placement with a local trade employer. Also, by attending a session at the South End Joinery, you’ll have access to the professional quality machines, hand tools, and bench space needed to launch projects, products, and business plans.

How is this a program of ReSOURCE?

The South End Joinery and the Intensive workshops represent and further amplify the mission of ReSOURCE and three clear and pressing needs in Burlington: (1) vocational and academic alternatives for individuals to explore the woodworking trade; (2) economic development through entrepreneurial training and business development; and (3) environmental conservation through the creation, marketing, and training of environmentally-friendly products from salvaged and upcycled materials.