Career Pathways

YOU Boston works with job training providers throughout Boston to help young adults acquire specialized job skills needed for successful careers. Below are examples of the career pathways available to applicants who are 18 years or older and have their high school diploma or HiSET.

Building Trades


Training Partner: Building Pathways
Duration: 3 weeks
Training: Learn construction trades at union training centers and site visits. Boots, safety googles, hard hats, and transit passes are provided.
Jobs: Apprenticeships with such unions as carpenters, iron workers, painters, sheet metal workers, and pipefitters.
Post-Placement Wages: $19-24/hour

Culinary Arts


Training Partner: NECAT
Duration: 16 weeks
Training: Learn food safety and sanitation, knife skills, and advanced cooking and baking techniques in a professional training kitchen.
Jobs: Graduates go on to take jobs as bakers, line cooks, prep cooks, caterers, sous chefs, and the like.
Post-Placement Wages: $14-15/hour

Professional Pathways


Training Partner: City of Boston
Duration: 6 months
Training: Gain essential office skills as interns in city government. Acquire exposure to the office enviornment, new networks, references, and resume highlights.
Jobs: Interns work in such city departments as the Office of Economic Development, Boston Elderly Commission, Office of Immigrant Advancement, Boston Election Department.
Post-Placement Wages: $15-18/hour

Web Development


Training Partner: Resilient Coders
Duration: 8 weeks
Training: Learn the basics of web coding and prepare to apply for competitive coding bootcamps or paid internships at Resilient Coders.
Jobs: Graduates can enter extended training at such bootcamps as the Startup Institute, Launch Academy, or Resilient Coders.
Post-Placement Wages: $18-22/hour