Women Build Illinois
A Bridge to Construction Careers 

Interested in a construction career, but don’t know where to start?

The 10-week day-time M-Th training program includes an expanded focus on basic construction skills, hands-on training, and industry-recognized credentials provided directly by apprenticeship programs, contractors, and tradeswomen.


  • FREE 10-week, 280-hours
  • Monday – Thursday (8 am – 3 pm)
  • Strict Attendance Policy


  • Prepare students to successfully pass apprenticeship program entrance exams
  • Expose students to career opportunities in the industry and equip them with basic construction skills such as measuring, blueprint reading, tool recognition, etc.
  • Prepare students to meet the expectations of the industry and overcome challenges unique to being a woman in a predominately male workplace
  • Prepare women to meet the physical challenges of the trades
  • Connect students to apprenticeship programs, contractors, and mentors to facilitate the transition to employment in the industry


  • 18 years or older
  • HS Diploma or GED Certificate
  • CWIT aptitude test/averaging – 6-grade math level
  • Current valid driver’s license
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Able to pass an apprenticeship program drug test
  • Social security card
  • Proof of income

Funded by

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Is construction right for you?

If you are mechanically inclined, enjoy working with your hands and being physically active, a career in the construction trades might be a good choice for you.