Training Programs

PPS offers a variety of training programs ranging from workforce development to historic homeowner boot camps and realtor training. Please watch this space for more information about upcoming opportunities. 


Window & Workforce Training Program

Workforce Development through Historic Preservation & Skilled Carpentry Jobs Training

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) in partnership with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Heritage Restoration Inc., Providence Revolving Fund, Red House Design Build, and Rhode Island Builders Association,  offers a paid, hands-on five-week job training program in historic window restoration on an annual basis. The Window and Workforce Training Program (WWTP) offers valuable training to under- and unemployed Rhode Island residents and empowers them to: 

  • Repair and maintain historic, wooden sash windows;
  • Build basic business and entrepreneurship skills; and
  • Acquire other valuable skills for employment in the preservation field.

Under the guidance and supervision of professional preservation craftspeople, PPS staff, and guest lecturers, participants immerse themselves in the architectural history of Providence and the preservation and technical skills needed to care for the thousands of wooden windows across the state. The blended curriculum offers ample hands-on experience, in addition to historic preservation 101 courses, and real-world study of veteran restoration professionals. PPS assists with job placement following successful completion of the training program. 

Of the 20 trainees who’ve graduated from the first two cycles of the Window & Workforce Training program, 80% have found employment or additional training opportunities within 60 days of graduation. PPS offers the WWTP on an annual basis.

This program is funded with generous support from the 1772 Foundation, the Historic Preservation Education Fund, the Mary Dexter Chafee Fund, the Ida Ballou Littlefield Memorial Trust, the Robert E. Freeman Downcity Fund,  the Department of Labor and Training, and the donors to our Power of Preservation Education Campaign.

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