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Call: 718-389-3636 ext. 4


Casandra Charles,
Program Coordinator

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125 8th Street, Brooklyn

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“I did the training, which was great. Afterward, 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 people 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 application 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:

2017-2018 Class Calendar*
September 11 – October 27
November 6 – December 22
January 8 – February 23
March 12 – April 27
May 14 – June 29

*Class dates subject to change, check back regularly

The typical application deadline for a Brooklyn Woods class is the last information session before it is scheduled to begin. At the Information Session, you will fill out an application with your work history, get detailed information about the program, take a tour of the shop and take a reading, math and measurement test. Please bring a valid photo ID and a resume, if you have one. Please note that latecomers who arrive after 10 AM may not be admitted.


To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • New York City resident and legally eligible to work in the US
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Be unemployed, have a low income, or receive public assistance
  • Able to pass an 8th grade level reading test and a 6th grade level math test
  • Be physically fit, able to work on your feet for hours and able to lift 70lbs
  • 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 preferable, but not required. Check out New York Drives to learn more about our pre-training and driver’s license access program

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.