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BROOKLYN WOODS TRAINING PROGRAM IN WOODWORKING
Brooklyn Woods offers free, full time training in woodworking and fabrication skills to unemployed and low-income New Yorkers; providing them with a solid foundation for a career in woodworking, cabinetmaking and fabrication.
Brooklyn Woods trains unemployed or underemployed New Yorkers who have faced significant barriers when they were launching their careers. We screen hundreds of applicants each year for about 60 training slots, and all who are accepted into the program demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in woodworking. Please visit our Apply page to see if you’re a good fit before attending an Information Session.
Graduates of the program understand how to safely operate tools and woodworking machinery, have gained experience working with solid wood and manmade materials, and have a good understanding of various fabrication techniques as well as math and measurement. They are OSHA 10 certified and are ready to work hard and show up on time. If you are interested in hiring a Brooklyn Woods graduate, please visit our Hire page.
Brooklyn Woods’ seven week full-time training prepares graduates to become skilled, entry-level woodworkers and fabricators. The course consists of extensive instruction and hands-on experience in our woodshop as well as classroom instruction in math and measurement, job readiness skills and workplace safety.
Graduates receive assistance with job placement as well as two years of career counseling and support as they continue working and advance into new roles.
All BWI training programs are offered free of charge. However, trainees must be able to cover their personal expenses during the training and job search; we are unable to provide stipends.
Graduates are placed as entry-level helpers in woodworking and fabrication firms throughout the city. Most work with wood, but some work with metal or lighting fabrication companies, assembling products for sale in stores. They work with their hands, must pay close attention to detail and work safely in teams to produce beautiful, functional products.
Brooklyn Woods operates a cabinetmaking social venture, which manufactures hundreds of kitchen and bathroom vanities each year for local housing developer. Often, graduates are given transitional, paid work opportunities with Brooklyn Woods after training, gaining valuable real-world experience.