trades23With a shortage of skilled welders in the job market, the Women in Welding Program is designed to:

  • Prepare women for entry-level welding jobs in the manufacturing sector
  • Improve women’s qualifications for apprenticeship programs that value welding skills
  • Help tradeswomen build their resumes and versatility


  • Welding (MIG, Stick and TIG), leading to MIG welding American Welding Society certification
  • Basic metal working and blue print reading
  • OSHA 10 certification
  • Forklift driving certification
  • Workplace readiness and job search assistance

Locations and Schedules
arlena weldingWe operate our welding program in partnership with the Jane Addams Resource Corporation and can offer training at either of the following locations.   You can also choose the schedule that is most convenient for you:

Chicago Women in Trades
2444 W. 16th St., Ste. 3E
Monday through Friday
9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Jane Addams Resource Corporation
4432 N. Ravenswood
Monday through Friday
3:00 to 8:30 pm

Eligibility Requirements

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License or other identification
  • Ability to demonstrate basic math and reading skills on an aptitude test
  • Ability to pass a drug test

Getting Started
To enroll in training at Chicago Women in Trades, start by coming to an information sessions held:

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 10:30
  • 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 5:30

Register for Information Session Online

or to attend an orientation at the Jane Addams Resource Corporation, visit their website or contact Jessica Newsome at (773) 751-7113.