Impact Story: Civic Works – New Landscape Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Based in Baltimore, MD, Civic Works offers young adults the opportunity to gain work experience by engaging in conservation service projects ranging from weatherizing homes to growing fresh produce for communities experiencing food inequity.

The Civic Works Landscape Pre-Apprentice Training Program offers hands-on technical and pre-employment training to individuals interested in working in the horticulture trade. Training focuses on identifying and cultivating plants, landscaping, and irrigation systems.

Through a partnership with The Corps Network, the program is supported by the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Apprenticeship Expansion and Modernization Fund (AEMF), designed to strengthen and expand existing pre-apprenticeship-to-registered apprenticeship pathways. Due to the success of their Community Lot Team, Civic Works was identified as a viable AEMF partner to help establish a nationwide network of pre-apprenticeships in natural resources and landscaping.

The pre-apprentices will work directly with experienced landscapers and irrigators to improve the functional or aesthetic value of an outdoor space. They may create or enhance lawns, gardens, decks, patios, and other landscape features and work on irrigation systems.

successful completion of the three-month program, pre-apprentices will be paired with a local landscape employer and enter the  , a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program overseen by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

On January 31, 2022, the inaugural Landscape Pre-Apprentice Training Program cohort got off to a fantastic start, with the six -apprentices completing orientation and reviewing tools of the trade. Four of the inaugural cohort members are enrolled in AmeriCorps. A second cohort will launch in April 2022.

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