Chicago Women in Trades

Chicago Women in Trades is driven by the mission to ensure that all women who want to work with their hands and earn a good living have equal access to information, training, and employment opportunities in the industry.

CWIT’s FREE Program Overview

Chicago Women In Trades’ FREE Training Programs provide a clear pathway to high-wage careers in the Union Construction trades and welding/manufacturing industries.

Technical Opportunities Program

Interested in a construction career, but don’t know where to start?
TOP is a Union Construction preparation pre-apprenticeship program.

Women in Welding Program

Welding is a universal skill that is in high demand. CWIT’s FREE Welding Program prepares women with the skills to build a career in manufacturing, welding & metalworking construction trades.

Women’s Equity Center

The National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment at Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) can provide useful strategies and practical applications to increase the number of women entering and being retained in registered apprenticeship through our online resources, technical assistance and training, summarized here.

For more information visit the Chicago Women in Trades website at