Sep 23, 2022 | News Story

AFL-CIO Partners with Permission to Dream

The AFL-CIO is partnering with the Permission to Dream program, created by the Chris Gardner Foundation, to put students on the path to good careers through the security of a union job. As part of this collaboration, the AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions will give students in disadvantaged communities the support they need to enter registered apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades.

The partnership will include a strong focus on ensuring that all students, especially students of color, complete their high school education. Students selected for the program will be required to maintain a certain grade point average and complete the apprenticeship readiness program set by the North America’s Building Trades Unions.

Upon graduation from the program, students will have the opportunity to be placed in a paid, registered apprenticeship with an affiliate union, along with a stipend to cover the cost of all tools and equipment required, and will receive assistance with transportation to and from their training locations. Watch the Permission to Dream launch event here!