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Union Pre-Apprenticeships & Software Development Certifications

Drawing upon insights from the workforce and industry leaders, Next Level NOLA partners with regional and national partners to offer credentials, career training, work-based learning, and job placement assistance in high-wage, high-demand career fields.


Carpentry, Ironworking or Electrician

Fellows have the opportunity to particpate in a Pre-Apprenticeship program in Carpentry, Ironworking or Electritian. Training is provided through a partnership with local unions: Millwright Local 729, Ironworkers Local 62 and NOTEP.

Here's are some of the benefits of joining a union:

  • 1. Collective Bargaining Power

    One of the significant benefits of working in a union is the collective bargaining power it provides. Unions negotiate on behalf of workers, striving to secure fair wages, benefits, and improved working conditions. By joining forces, employees have a stronger voice and are more likely to achieve favorable outcomes in negotiations.

  • 2. Job Security

    Unions often advocate for job security provisions, such as protection against arbitrary terminations or layoffs. Through negotiated contracts, unions can establish guidelines and safeguards to ensure that workers are not unfairly dismissed, providing a sense of stability and peace of mind.

  • 3. Improved Compensation and Benefits

    Unionized workers often enjoy better compensation packages and benefits compared to their non-union counterparts. Collective bargaining can lead to higher wages, enhanced healthcare coverage, retirement plans, paid time off, and other perks that contribute to a better quality of life for employees and their families.

  • 4. Workplace Protection and Fair Treatment

    Unions actively promote fair treatment and protect workers from unjust or discriminatory practices. They establish grievance procedures to address workplace issues and ensure that employees are treated with respect and dignity. Unions also play a vital role in advocating for safe working conditions, helping to prevent accidents and injuries on the job.

Fundamental & Advanced Javascript, Functional Programming, and Web Development

Start your path into a career in the software industry by gaining a solid understanding of how software is built. Here are the two IBC certifications from Operation Spark that you can acquire at NLN:

IBC Level 1: Fundamentals of HTML, CSS and Javascript

An introduction to internet coding languages that will prepare fellows for careers in client-side web development.

IBC Level 2: Advanced Javascript, Functional Programming, and Web Development

An advanced course in internet coding languages that will prepare fellows for careers in client-side web development.