Training Programs

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 and Heritage Restoration Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of a paid, hands-on five-week job training program in historic window restoration. The Window and Workforce Training Program (WWTP)  is a pilot program that will offer valuable training to under- and unemployed Rhode Island residents and allow 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 preservation professionals, carpenters and tradespeople, and business mentors, participants will gain the necessary knowledge in historic window restoration to find employment in the industry or start a small restoration business. During the training, students will practice their traditional restoration skills and gain on-the-job experience while working on an 18th-century building in Providence. Upon successful completion, students will receive a program certificate and a completion bonus. The program will run for 5 weeks beginning October 1 and ending November 6, 2020. The application is available here and due to kmullen@ppsri.org by September 4, 2020. Applications are also accepted via Google Form.


Participation Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a strong interest in pursuing hands-on preservation work as a vocation.
  • Possess appropriate fine motor skill abilities, and physical strength to successfully complete classwork.
  • Possess appropriate comprehension, verbal, written, and math skills to complete requirements of the class, equivalent to a 7th Grade proficiency level.
  • Possess an appropriate temperament to work cooperatively and collaboratively in a small group.
  • Commit to the full five-week course (October 1-November 6, 2020) and be at the designated training site from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Be 18 years old and a resident of Rhode Island.
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the designated training site(s) for the duration of the class.
  • Wear appropriate work clothing and personal protective equipment (mask, long sleeve shirt, long pants, close-toed shoes & head covering).

The Program will provide:

  • All necessary tools – trainees may bring their own tools but they must be clearly marked.
  • Personal Protection Equipment as needed.
  • Lead Safe Work Practices training sufficient to qualify the trainee for EPA/RRP certification under the current EPA rules.
  • Instruction in the business, marketing, and entrepreneurial aspects of preservation trades.
  • English language support for the duration of the training.
  • A weekly stipend equivalent to $15.00 per hour.
  • RIPTA bus pass for the duration of the program
  • Light breakfast and lunch.

Submit completed applications to kmullen@ppsri.org by September 4, 2020. 

Click here for full description and application.
Applications are also accepted via Google Form.

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