A new program designed to provide apprenticeship training in the construction trades for Prince George's County youth was recently announced by County Executive Winfield M. Kelly Jr.

The project is a cooperative venture between the county's Housing Authority, the Washington Construction and Building Trades Council and the county's personnel office, which will administer the program under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).

The Trades Council will provide union journeymen instructors to teach classroom and on-site instruction in carpentry, sheetmetal, plumbing and electrical work. The 40 trainees selected for the program will be trained through the rehabilitation of nine dilapidated homes in Seat Pleasant, Palmer Park and Maryland Park. When work ends on the homes, they are to be sold to county residents for $30,000 to $35,000.

Trainees will be paid a minimum wage of $2.65 an hour for the 24-week program. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 to 21 years old, unemployed or underemployed, in good health, and must be a high school graduate or have a GED. An applicant's family must have an income at or below 85 percent of the lower living standard income level, such as a family of four with a $10,000-a-year income.

Persons interested in the pre-apprentice program may contact the following people at their nearest Employment and Training Center: Langley Park, Cheryl Gary - 434-3403, Camp Springs, Sandy Fraser - 899-3750, Hampton Mall, Tessie Dove - 335-8900.