Women in Non-Traditional Careers Trade Readiness Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Earn more by entering a nontraditional career in the trades.

About WINC

More women are getting into nontraditional jobs like union construction. The union construction industry provides good-paying jobs for women without a degree; women in union construction jobs often earn more than women who have earned a four-year degree and graduate without debt. Regardless of trade, women are building great careers that provide family-sustaining wages, health care, a secure retirement, and more. 

The Women in Nontraditional Careers Trade Readiness Pre-Apprenticeship program (WINC TRP) is a career training program for women to gain opportunities in construction, manufacturing, or transit careers. The program provides job opportunities for women through safety training, education, mentorship, and job application assistance. WINC TRP is in partnership with the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region, the training provider of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

  • Age 18 or older
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • H.S. Diploma/GED
  • Pass Drug Test
  • Philadelphia Residents Given Priority
  • Program Length: 6 Weeks

Finishing Trades Institute – MAR
2190 Horning Rd
Philadelphia, PA

  • Painter
  • Glazier
  • HVAC
  • Welder
  • Carpenter
  • Steamfitter
  • Insulator
  • Cement Mason
  • Operating Engineer
  • Job Site Safety (OSHA 10)
  • Job Site & Union Visits
  • Job Application Assistance
  • Construction Math Mentor

Why Construction?

Women in union construction jobs have access to:

Apprenticeship

Want to get paid to learn? Watch our video “Intro to Apprenticeship” to learn more.

Is a career in union construction right for you?

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Real Stories

Watch and use these videos to inspire more women of all ages to explore careers in the trades.

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply for the WINC program, you must be 18 years old or older, have a valid driver’s license, a high school diploma or GED, and pass a drug test. Philadelphia residents are given priority. Beyond the minimum requirements, a career in construction, manufacturing, utilities, or transit is a good fit for women who are good at solving problems and puzzles, like to work with their hands, and prefer to be active instead of sitting. If you have a desire to learn, work hard, and excel, this program is for you.

WINC program cohorts are 6 weeks long.

The next WINC cohort is July 2024.

Training takes place at the Finishing Trades Institute at 2190 Hornig Rd, Philadelphia, PA.

In-person orientation sessions are at the Finishing Trades Institute at 2190 Hornig Rd, Philadelphia, PA.

The program is from 8 am – 4:30 pm from Tuesday to Thursday.

A desire to excel.

Visit WINCProject.org to learn more about non-traditional career opportunities. https://philaworks.org/winc/

Visit WINCProject.org to learn more about non-traditional career opportunities. https://philaworks.org/winc/

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Contact Us

If you need more information, contact us at winc@fti.edu,
or call Erin O’Brien-Hofmann at 267-939-0035 or Keriann Madden at 215-900-1987.