The Spring 2020 WIST ARP will begin in March 2020 and will run for 15 weeks. Classes are held in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and during the day on Saturdays, for the full 15 weeks. 

The application for the Spring 2020 ARP cohort is CLOSED due to the high volume of applicants and limited space in the program! Applicants will be contacted to schedule your interview and assessment testing over the next couple of weeks.

Completing the application is the first step in the screening and selection process, which will include an eligibility review, skills assessment, and an interview with program representatives. Submitting the application does not guarantee acceptance into the program, nor does it imply that an offer of employment will be made by any of the partnering companies. Those who complete the program, however, will have gained skills and confidence for work in the construction industry, receive a nationally-recognized certificate of completion, and be given an interview opportunity with partnering companies.


Do YOU want to work in a fulfilling career where you can earn a living wage and learn new skills?

WIST Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) has been developed specifically to help women succeed in the construction skilled trades. Our 15-week program will kick-start your career in construction by introducing you to the fundamentals & basic skills of our industry, through a combination of classroom and hands-on activities. 


Graduates of a WIST ARP are guaranteed an interview with one of our sponsoring Building Trades Unions, to join their Apprenticeship Program, where they can continue their on-the-job training while getting paid. 



We will help prepare the WIST ARP participants to make a successful transition into a Registered Apprenticeship Program with one of our partnered Building Trades Unions, by incorporating the following elements into your ARP: 

>  Following nationally recognized NABTU Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3)

>  Hands-on activities in multiple disciplines

>  OSHA 10-hour Certification

>  First Aid/CPR/AED Certification

>  Sexual harassment awareness training

>  Physical strength training by a Certified Trainer

>  Mentorship program connecting participants with other women in the construction trades


Promoting better lives for women through skilled trades.


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E: wist.michigan@gmail.com

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