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Trades to Success Pre-Apprenticeship Cohort Starts January 18

Recent Brighton Center Trades to Success grads show off their program diplomas.
One of the keys to achieving self-sufficiency is having a good job that pays a livable wage with benefits and an opportunity for career advancement. This is what fuels the robust continuum of workforce development programs at Brighton Center.

To meet the workforce demands in our region and to fill a gap that existed in our services, Brighton Center offers a program called Trades to Success. This program is a no-cost pre-apprenticeship program designed to help connect participants to trade careers such as electrician, line worker, construction, transportation, supply chain & logistics, and many more. 
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Trades to Success allows participants to explore trade and apprenticeship careers, job training opportunities, and post-secondary education opportunities during the three-week program. It is an excellent opportunity to take the first step in gaining the skills needed to be successful in an apprenticeship program, and ultimately build a career pathway for the future. Participants benefit from:

  • Connections to local employers with apprenticeship programs
  • Learning about in-demand jobs/trades in Northern Kentucky
  • Guest speakers and employer highlights
  • Training programs and educational opportunities
  • A weekly stipend
  • One-on-one support and wrap-around services
  • Additional support through Brighton Center’s continuum of 47 programs and services 
Trades to Success participants apply their newly acquired skills.

The next cohort begins Tuesday, January 18, and will run through Friday, February 4.

  • Daytime session: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Evening session: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The cohort will meet at Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training located at 601 Washington Avenue in Newport in Suite 140.

"Research shows that middle-skill jobs, like those in the trades that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of our country’s labor market. Between 2014–2024, nearly half of job openings will be middle-skill, and many jobs that require middle-skill credentials are well paying. With the cost of living increasing at a higher rate than incomes, finding a long-lasting career leading to financial independence is critically important for families. We believe that this program can connect individuals to the opportunities that are there while ensuring their self-sufficiency," said Robb Clark, Center for Employment Training manager.

Apprenticeships in trade careers typically start at $14  to $17 an hour and then significantly increase over time. In the first year of offering Trades to Success, nearly 80 percent of individuals who completed the program are now in trade training, apprenticeship, or post-secondary education.

"With many currently working in the trades retiring in the next 5 to 10 years, and with the growth of industries like transportation, logistics, and construction in our region, the trades are a great field to get into. We are excited to help participants explore the possibilities," said Clark.

For more information on Trades to Success, please visit the Brighton Center Trades to Success website or email

The next Brighton Center Trades to Success cohort starts January 18.
The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment and leadership. Brighton Center impacts the lives of thousands of individuals from infants to older adults through 47 programs across all of Northern Kentucky and beyond.

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