Creating Jobs for Ex-Offenders:

Building Trades Offer Training for Ex-Offenders

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) offers some hope for released inmates that come to Baltimore City. “We have a pre-apprenticeship program for ex-offenders,” said Mike Henderson, president of the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter.

These apprenticeships include three-year training programs in ironworking, brick masonry and insulation, as well as four-year programs in carpentry, electrical, sheet metal, plumbing, heating and air conditioning (HVACR) and sprinkler fitting.

Classes for apprentices are held two evenings a week. Apprentices work during the day performing construction duties in their trade for on-the-job experience. Applicants, who must be 17 years or older, must apply between the months of January and September, and are required to apply at an ABC office.

The latest trends indicate the greatest needs are for electrical and plumbing skills, Henderson stated.


Call 410-821-0351 for more information about the Associated Builders and Contractors’ pre-apprenticeship program. The association’s office is at 7801 York Road in Towson.


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This story was published on January 8, 2003.