Khunsa Amin,
Program Manager
718-389-3636 ext. 4

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in 125 8th Street, Brooklyn

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“After training, Brooklyn Woods hired me to build cabinets. This is my first job in years. I have people behind me who are teaching me and supporting me every day as I improve my skills and finally earn some money.”

– Jose, Brooklyn Woods Graduate

Woodworkers manufacture a variety of products such as cabinets and furniture, using wood, veneers, and laminates. While woodworking might sound like a career in craftsmanship, it is actually a technical profession that requires training with advanced tools and equipment.


Over a seven-week training period, Brooklyn Woods prepares New Yorkers to skillfully operate woodworking machinery (such as saws and milling and sanding machines), understand architectural drawings and blueprints, and work out math problems and measurements. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as woodworkers and fabricators.

Brooklyn Woods serves New Yorkers with barriers to employment. We welcome applicants with past criminal convictions, those who have been unemployed for long periods, and recipients of public assistance.


If you’re interested in applying to Brooklyn Woods, please attend one of our scheduled information sessions to fill out an interest form and meet with program staff. There’s no need to RSVP. If you have any questions before or after an Information Session, feel free to call our office at 718-389-3636.

Brooklyn Woods offers five cycles per year and recruits year round!


To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • New York City resident and legally eligible to work in the US
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Unemployed, low-income, or receiving public assistance
  • Able to pass an 8th grade level reading test and a 6th grade level math test
  • Physically fit, able to work on your feet for hours, and able to lift and move heavy items including wood, tools, and sheets of material that can weigh 70+ lbs
  • Have some background working with your hands, with tools, in a trade, or as a laborer
  • Demonstrate a commitment to utilizing the training to work in the field of woodworking or a related business for at least two years
  • NYS driver’s license preferred, but not required

Brooklyn Woods is located at the BWI Sector Skills Center at 125 8th Street, between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The closest subway stops are the 9th Street stop on the R line and the 4th Avenue/9th Street stop on the F and G lines. 

Once you exit the subway, walk up 4th Avenue to 8th Street. Make a left and walk a block and a half, crossing 3rd Avenue, until you see a three story red brick building with a gray door marked “125.” You will see a buzzer for Brooklyn Woods. We are located on the second floor.

Drivers, please be aware that street parking is extremely limited in this area. If you are driving, please allow yourself enough time to find parking.