Are you interested in pursuing a career in masonry or carpentry? The City’s Rebuild initiative in partnership with the Preservation Trades Center (PTC) is recruiting participants for our Winter 2024 Carpentry and Masonry Academies. These full-time, paid training programs ($15/hr) are 40 hours per week for six weeks. At the end of the 6-week program, participants will have the chance to interview for a full-time apprenticeship. No experience is required! 

PTC at Eastern State Penitentiary is a hub for workforce development in the preservation trades. Gain hands-on experience working alongside expert craft workers and prepare for a career in the trades while preserving Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark.

Interested applicants must attend one information session and apply to the Masonry or Carpentry Academy by Thursday, January 9, 2024, at 5 p.m.  

Winter 2024 academies schedule

  • Carpentry Academy: March 4, 2024 through April 12, 2024
  • Masonry Academy: March 25, 2024 through May 3, 2024

Attend one mandatory information session

Session #1: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 6 p.m., virtual via Zoom

Session #2: Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 12 p.m., in person

Mandatory Demonstration Day: Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 9 a.m., in-person

  • Eastern State Penitentiary; 2027 Fairmount Ave., Phila, PA 19130  

Application for the Masonry or Carpentry Academy closes on Thursday, January 9, 2024, at 5 p.m.  

Who qualifies? 

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Philadelphia residency
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid Photo ID (unexpired Driver’s License preferred)
  • Willing to undergo a background check (Justice impacted strongly encouraged to apply)
  • Ability to pass a drug screening
  • Ability to engage in strenuous physical work
  • Interested in a career in construction

The academies are held in partnership with Eastern State Penitentiary, PowerCorpsPHL, PA CareerLink®, Eastern Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, and the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 PA/DE. 

Questions? Please contact Ali Martinez, or call (215) 292-0282.