Construction Ready Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program Graduates Eight Albany Residents

Staff Report

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

Construction Ready - in partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers - has graduated its latest pre-apprenticeship training class in Albany. Eight Albany area residents graduated from the class May 5th after completing a 20-day construction education program. At graduation, every participant was matched with a construction job in the Albany area.

Construction Ready takes Georgians through a free 20-day construction education program that ends with training, credentialing and job placement. This Albany class began April 10 as Construction Ready partnered with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers for this pre-apprenticeship construction training program in Albany. 

The pre-apprenticeship program provided participants with the training and credentials needed for entry level jobs in the construction industry. Funding for all the students was provided by Goodwill.

The Albany graduates are Aushaud Bryant, Lewis Robinson, Demarcus Allen, Joshua Crawford, Jakavarious Day, Ashley Taylor, Derrek Thomas, and Shombie Williams

For more information and to register for the next Albany class, applicants should visit -

By the Numbers: Since 2014, the Construction Ready adult education program has trained more than 1,450 workers of all ages for a successful career in construction. Successes of the program include:  

  • 97% job placement by end of training

  • Average starting salary of $13-17/hour 

  • 70% of participants employed with the same company one year later

The goal of the Construction Ready program is to help close the workforce skills gap. The lack of skilled workers is also a problem in Georgia as a shortage of more than 61,000 workers was reported in 2019. Closing this skills gap by educating more Georgians about careers in the skilled professions is Construction Ready’s primary goal.