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 Custom Building, 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. 

The pilot cycle of WWTP was offered in the Fall of 2020 and graduated a cohort of eight students, more than half of whom found employment or additional training opportunities within 30 days of completion. 

Spring 2021

We’re accepting applications for the spring cycle of this program through March 15. Click here for the full program description and application. 

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,  and the donors to our Power of Preservation Education Campaign.

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