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Apprenticeship Opportunities Project

Helping people establish careers in apprenticeships and trades-related jobs

The Apprenticeship Oppportunities Project (AOP) was created in 1994 to help low-income individuals, women, and people of color enter and succeed in apprenticeship and trades-related jobs in King County.  Since its creation, AOP has placed over 2,000 individuals, including 156 placements in 2013.  The top three apprenticeship placements by trade in 2013 were electricians, ironworkers and laborers. 

  AOP’s recruitment services include:aop 2013 outcomes

  • Assistance in choosing a trade
  • Understanding the application process
  • Interview preparation
  • Help addressing personal and employment barriers, such as a suspended driver’s license
  • Case management and support
  • Referrals to pre-apprenticeship or other skill-building training

Once accepted into an apprenticeship program,or upon getting a trades-related job, an individual may need to buy tools, work clothes, boots, gasoline, pay dues, repair his|her car, or require help with educational expenses. AOP provides financial assistance to qualified individuals so people can go to work right away.

AOP also provides retention services (case management and financial assistance), helping people secure the resources they need to succeed in their jobs and complete their apprenticeships.


AOP is operated by Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), one of the oldest pre-apprenticeship programs serving women in the nation.  Port Jobs contracts with ANEW to operate AOP.

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  • Financial Tools for the Trades gets apprentices thinking about their spending habits and their finances.  They retain it, they remember it, and you get to retain them. You get to keep them in your programs learning about the trades.”

    ~ Tami St. Paul, Training Coordinator, Operating Engineers Regional Training Program, Ellensburg, WA