Job Corps

Job Corps is an educational and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Serving at-risk men and women age 16 and up, Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, and other services.

Job Corps students can find training and support in a safe environment at more than 100 campuses throughout the country. Students who qualify receive the equivalent of a scholarship plus room and board, medical care, work clothing, a cash allowance, and counseling.

Training is open-entry and open-exit and can last up to two years, depending on the student’s progress. Along with the educational and vocational training, students learn leadership, self-esteem, time and resource management, and how to think creatively and work effectively in a culturally diverse setting.

For more than 50 years, the UBC has contracted with the federal government to provide Job Corps students hands-on training in entry-level carpentry skills and essential construction procedures. We now operate 73 programs in 46 states with 118 highly trained instructors. The program’s annual budget tops $11 million.

The UBC Job Corps is a pre-apprenticeship program; instructors teach students to use basic hand and power tools safely. After completing UBC Job Corps, students can be placed in union-apprenticeship programs, where they will receive excellent benefits including good pay, health insurance, and a retirement plan.

The UBC is proud to participate in this highly successful educational effort of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Job Corps program. Our UBC member, Josiah Hernandez, is a great example. To read Josiah’s story, CLICK HERE.

For more information on the UBC Job Corps, or to enroll in the program, call 800-733-5627 or contact your state unemployment office.