Purpose of our training programs

According to the American Welding Society, there are expected to be over 400,000 job openings nationally in the welding industry by 2025 and, currently, women only constitute 4% of the workforce. 

Women Who Weld® is addressing the gender imbalance and urgent talent shortage in the welding and manufacturing industries, as well as a lack of STEM training and support for economically disadvantaged women, through our welding training programs. 

We are developing economic opportunities for women and diversifying the workforce.

• INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMS •

The goal of Women Who Weld's intensive welding training programs is for participants to develop an in-demand skill and receive intensive training and preparation for full-time job, apprenticeship, or continuing education opportunities in the welding industry.

6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program:

Women Who Weld’s 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program is fully subsidized for participants who 1) are unemployed or underemployed; 2) live in Southeast Michigan (considerable preference is given to residents of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, MI); 3) are at least 18 years of age; and 4) will pursue a full-time career in the welding industry (this program is not intended for hobbyists). Women Who Weld will assist graduates of the 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program with job placement, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the participant to apply, interview, and test into a job or apprenticeship in the welding industry.

Cost to Participant: $0.00

Cost to Women Who Weld: $6,000.00 per Participant

Women Who Weld can accommodate a maximum of 12 participants per cohort. If you feel you meet the criteria outlined above, please message us via our contact form to be placed on our email outreach list. We will send you a digital questionnaire in July 2020 to determine your eligibility. The next cohort will be selected in August 2020 and begin training in September through October 2020 in Detroit. Note: contacting Women Who Weld and expressing interest in the 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program does not guarantee or secure admission into the program.

Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Classes:

Women Who Weld’s Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Classes are a low-cost, partially subsidized intensive training option for participants who want to learn how to weld to pursue a full-time career in the welding industry or develop the skill for individual purposes, e.g. to start a small business, engage in personal metalworking, etc.

Cost to Participant: $850.00

Cost to Women Who Weld: $1,010.00 per Participant

All proceeds from our Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Classes go directly back into our subsidized welding training programs.

Women Who Weld can accommodate a maximum of 6 participants per class; classes occur once per quarter in Detroit. And though the majority of participants to date have identified as unemployed or underemployed and reside in Southeast Michigan, you do not need to be unemployed or underemployed, or a resident of Southeast Michigan, to participate in a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class. You must, however, be at least 18 years of age. Women Who Weld will assist participants of its Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Classes with job placement in Southeast Michigan only, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the participant to apply, interview, and test into a job or apprenticeship in the welding industry.

Click here to view our current schedule or contact us to be notified of upcoming classes.

• INTRODUCTORY TRAINING PROGRAM •

Single-Day Introductory Workshops:

Women Who Weld’s Single-Day Introductory Workshops are held throughout the year in Detroit, and occasionally in other cities and states, and provide basic training for participants in gas metal arc welding and information about opportunities in the welding industry.

Cost to Participant: $100.00

All proceeds from our Single-Day Introductory Workshops help directly fund our subsidized welding training programs.

Women Who Weld can typically accommodate a maximum of 12 participants per workshop. There are no limitations for participating in a Single-Day Introductory Workshop; participants of any skill-level, employment status, or location are welcome to learn how to weld for any purpose. For some participants, the Single-Day Introductory Workshop can act as a feeder into a Week-Long Intensive Welding Training Class or the 6-Week Intensive Welding Training Program. Note: participating in a Single-Day Introductory Workshop does not guarantee or secure admission into the intensive welding training programs.

Click here to view our current schedule or contact us to be notified of upcoming workshops.

STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS

Women make up only 4% of the workforce in the welding industry. There are many historical, institutional, and yet contemporary barriers contributing to this gender imbalance. Accordingly, Women Who Weld focuses on training women to weld, particularly women experiencing long-term economic hardship, and while our intensive and introductory training programs are open to individuals who identify as women and may prefer to receive instruction and training in a female-oriented environment, gender binary and non-binary individuals are welcome, too.

Women Who Weld recognizes and values each of our participants regardless of their gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, or ability.