Newbies Start Here with our New Member Orientation Packet

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Welcome from Missouri Women In Trades (MOWIT),

Have you been looking for a job change? Tired of your past career, maybe not earning enough? Consider a career in the union building trades!! We can help, and YOU CAN DO IT! The building trades offer excellent pay, benefits, and training. Women who work in the union trades have closed the wage gap more than anyone else! We have successfully referred scores of women into the local apprenticeship programs. Here’s some info about us, and some resources to get you started:

MOWIT is a 501 (c)3 non-profit led by volunteer tradeswomen devoted to helping recruit more women into the union building trades of the St. Louis region, as well as help retain women who are in the trades. You will find we are small, but very a dedicated and powerfully helpful ally! All our events are family-friendly and we are very welcoming to all. We invite you to follow us on Facebook at COVID has affected us all, and we have only had some outdoor events since March 2020. However, our mentoring and recruitment is going online, and contractors are still hiring! Below you will find information on several different trades, pre-apprenticeship programs, and information about MOWIT programs. There's a LOT of info here!

1. First things first! Please reach out to us! We want to schedule a call, and a Zoom Orientation, to go over all the ways we can help, as well as connect you with a mentor in the trades.

We can be reached by:

Phone: (636) 926-6948


Website: fill out the contact form on the front home page on the bottom


Get set up to receive text messages from us!: We only send out info about upcoming events through our texting service. You may receive 1 - 3 messages a month, and data rates apply. To join, text "MOWIT" to the number 66599. You should receive a confirmation message right away. Now you're all set to be notified about the next event!

2. Next, if you would like to join our email list, please fill out this brief contact form. It can be found by clicking this link: MOWIT New Contact Intake Form . If you have found your way to us online and do not have a mentor yet, please also reach out to us in one of the ways above in addition to filling out the form here for faster response!


Below you will find a basic general info construction guidebook called “You Can Do It- A Woman’s Guide to Construction” by Chicago Women In Trades. It will give a basic overview of the union building trades industry and general application process, go over what construction is like, how unions work, etc. We love this booklet because it is full of great info and is tailored to women who are brand new to union construction. Start here!

You Can Do It
. A Womans Guide To Constru

Another wonderful resource we'd like to share is the St. Louis Construction CoOp. book (arch on cover) This lists every local construction union, with info on where and how to apply to that unions’ apprenticeship program. If you know what trade you are interested in, use this to find out how to contact them and what the requirements are. It also contains a basic explanation of what every trade does. Very useful if you are considering multiple trade options.

. Louis Construction Cooperative Guide

Here is an informational MOWIT Trifold pamphlet. This lists our basic programs and activities, contact info, etc. PLEASE NOTE* We are moving, disregard our address on this pamphlet. Thanks!

MOWIT Trifold
Download PDF • 1.20MB

MOWIT Monthly Meetup - Please join us at our regular meeting, held every month always on the second Wednesday from 4 pm - 7 pm, and you and friends are always welcome. We hold our tradeswomen support meetings DUE TO CORONAVIRUS we have resumed meetings, now at Tower Grove Park Lily Pad Shelter, rain or shine, until further notice. Please see the News tab of the website or check with us on FB or make contact during this time to make sure where the meeting is. (If you have signed up with our text service, you will be sent a text of the meet up info!) Orientations to the trades are offered from 4 pm - 5 pm during these meetings. Kids and friends are always welcome. Please join us; you never know who you will meet.

Here's some great video resources!!

One for EVERYONE! – An inspirational video about women in the trades!

About Carpenters (Sisters in the Brotherhood)

About Commercial Painters

About Commercial Sheet Metal Workers

About FinishingFirst- Industrial Painters

About Drywall finishers and female drywall finisher inspirational video


We have LOTS more resources for you! Please review these docs and give us a call for more information on mentoring and other support. We are here for all tradeswomen!

We invite you to follow us on Facebook at . We offer a variety of events listed there which include working with tools, mentoring, and networking; and all are welcome to join any event.

Good luck in your endeavors. Union construction can be very challenging, but is also a wonderful and extremely rewarding career. We look forward to helping you on your journey. Please let us know what we can do to help.


Beth Barton,

Carpenter and President

Missouri Women In Trades

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