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Apprenticeship Opportunities Project

Helping people establish careers in apprenticeships and trades-related jobs

Created in 1994, the Apprenticeship Opportunities Project (AOP) helps low-income individuals, women, and people of color enter and succeed in the building and construction trades.

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AOP 2012 Outcomes

AOP’s recruitment services include:

  • Assistance in choosing a trade
  • Understanding the application process
  • Interview preparation
  • Help addressing personal and employment barriers, such as a suspended driver’s license
  • Case management and support
  • Referrals to pre-apprenticeship or other skill-building training


Once accepted into an apprenticeship program or upon getting a trades-related job, an individual may need to buy tools, work clothes, boots, pay union dues, or repair his or her car. AOP provides financial assistance to qualified individuals so people can go to work right away.


AOP also provides retention services (case management and financial assistance), helping people secure the resources they need to succeed in their jobs and complete their apprenticeships.


AOP is operated by Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), one of the oldest pre-apprenticeship programs serving women in the nation.  Port Jobs contracts with ANEW to operate AOP.

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