RIBA, Real Jobs Rhode Island and The Residential Construction Workforce Partnership have come together to recruit and train people who want to join the industry.

EMPLOYERS, look no further! We have trained candidates and candidates in training eager to start their careers in Carpentry, Electrical and HVAC/Plumbing.


VESL | Vocational English As a Second Language | Carpentry

The VESL Program is an 18-week basic carpentry career training program for participants who demonstrate intermediate English Knowledge and is designed to prepare job seekers looking for a career in residential construction or upskill current construction workers.  With emphasis on contextualized English as a Second Language Training, participants learn Construction Terminology, Construction Math, Hands-On Basic Carpentry Training, Jobsite Safety and upon successful completion participants earn their OSHA 10 Construction Card. A CASAS test is required prior to enrollment in the program.

Classes begin March 2, 2020 and are held Monday’s through Thursday’s from 5:30 to 8 pm.

LEARN MORE by attending one of our information | registration sessions at Dorcas International, 220 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI02907 or contact Betty Bernal , Diversity and Outreach Coordinator via email at or by phone 401.500.9146 (cell) or 401.205.1877 (the training center).

Information | Registration Sessions

January 22nd at 5 pm | January 29th at 3 pm and 5 pm | February 1st at 9 am


Visit our Construction Career Training Programs Page for more details and to apply for available FREE, Real Jobs RI training programs.


Find and Post Jobs in Residential Construction FREE!

Members: Find Employees by posting FREE Job openings on The Residential Construction Workforce Partnership’s Online Jobs Bank

Job Seekers and Students:  Build or upload your resume, apply for openings, internships and opt-in to receive updates on new jobs posted.

Contact the RIBA office for assistance setting up your account.