Hats Off!


The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a National Equity contract to Chicago Women in Trades’ National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment as part of a $20.4 million initiative to expand apprenticeship opportunities around the country, with a particular emphasis on expanding access to apprenticeships among women, people of color, and other underrepresented populations. The Center will work with a consortium of 10 organizations representing nearly every staffed tradeswomen’s organization in the country and national subject matter experts.  Read the full press release  here .

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week November 14th – 20th 2016 and National Women in Apprenticeship Day Thursday, November 17th! To learn more about the U.S. DOL event and how you can highlight women in apprenticeship, visit our Take Action page.

Chicago Women in Trades would like to thank everyone who helped us to celebrate 35 Years of Building Equal Opportunity.  The evening was festive and fun-filled with lots of friends joining us! We’d like to thank local vendors, including women-owned Brown Sugar Bakery and Yvolinda’s Tamales as well as everyone who donated raffle prizes. We raised $3,405 on the 50/50 raffle, with the split going to a Chicago tradeswoman!  A special thanks to Lagunitas Brewery for supporting local nonprofits through their on-site fundraising and Beer for Your Cause Program.   It is only through your continued commitment that CWIT has been able to grow from a small group of volunteer tradeswomen to a 35 year-old nonprofit serving hundreds of women each year throughout Chicago and now the Midwest.  Through your generous support, CWIT has been able to provide hundreds of women with career education, pre-apprenticeship training, supportive services, job placement, leadership development and advocacy.  Thank you!


The Rockford Area Plumbing, Pipefitting, and Refrigeration Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee will accept applications for apprenticeship every Tuesday and Wednesday beginning November 1st through January 18th 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM  – 5:30 PM, along with Saturday November 26th 2016 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Local 23 Training Office at 4525 Boeing Drive, Rockford, IL 61109. Requirements and additional information can be found here.

Looking for manufacturing or additional industry certifications? Come to one of our Information Sessions to learn more about CWIT’s Welding Program and Technical Opportunities Program this Wednesday, November 16th at 10:30 AM or Wednesday, or Wednesday, December 7th at 10:30 AM.  If you miss it, feel free to stop by on any 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 10:30 am or 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Please note that due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will NOT be a information session on November 23rd. 

We have had a lot of requests for a link to the video featured at the 2016 Women Build Nations conference opening remarks – it’s finally here!  Did you hear the call? 

Chicago Women in Trades was awarded a second two-year $650,000 Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue providing technical to ten states across the Midwest through our Midwest Technical Assistance Center! Congrats to our sister grantees Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. and Nontraditional Employment for Women in NYC!

Chicago Women in Trades was awarded $100,000 grant by Impact 100 Chicago for our welding program!  We are proud and honored to be a recipient of this funding which will allow us to expand our reach and teach more women important skills to be competitive in nontraditional employment!  Thank you Impact 100 Chicago for believing in our work and making a difference in the lives of women!  Read more about the award in the Chicago Tribune article here.

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