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Educating, Organizing and Expanding Opportunities for Tradeswomen

Our Mission

Rhode Island Women in the Trades is a non-profit organization established in 2019.

Our mission is to educate, organize and expand RI’s current and future tradeswomen to become one voice advocating to ensure fair and equal access to information,training and opportunity for employment in the construction industry.

These opportunities will help all women, including unemployed, underemployed, single mothers, women of color, LGBTQ plus and marginalized women to achieve economic empowerment and upward mobility resulting in a plethora of skilled, qualified tradeswomen, to help build and maintain Rhode Island. These are life long careers and we are an equal opportunity pre-apprentice program .

Our Vision

To ensure women who enter the trades thrive and succeed. This will be accomplished thru recruiting and training women in various skills needed to succeed in the Construction Industry. Advocating for initiatives and policy that help and benefit women in the trades. Promote healthy worksites so women will want to stay in the field they choose. Mentoring ,coaching and child care, these social services will help ensure success for RI WITT’s members throughout their careers. Encouraging women to celebrate their strength and progress and to pay it forward by volunteering to mentor and speak to future members .

Barriers

Through lived experience, our board members have identified the barriers that keep women from learning trades:

  • Lack of outreach and information
  • Stereotypes and gender segregated vocational training
  • Limited training and unequal/unfair selection critiera
  • Discrimintary hiring practices
  • Differentiated on-the-job training, hiring, job and over-time assignments

Solutions

We are dedicated to helping women secure well-paying positions and creating a fair and level playing field:

  • Creating awareness of opportunities
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Pre-employment training

Pre-Employment Training