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Newbies Start Here with our New Member Orientation Packet

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

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 www.facebook.com/MissouriMOWIT. 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. Stay in contact with us! 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 this contact form to be added to our email list for news and info

  • Text Alerts: 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 (636) 277-0082. You should receive a confirmation message right away. Now you're all set to be notified about the next event!


2. Resources


  • Below you will find a wonderful, informative, general info construction guidebook called “You Can Do It- A Woman’s Guide to Construction” by our sister organization, 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
Download A WOMANS GUIDE TO CONSTRU • 3.96MB



  • Another wonderful resource we'd like to share is the St. Louis Construction CoOp. book (arch on cover) This lists every St. Louis area 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.



St
. Louis Construction Cooperative Guide
Download LOUIS CONSTRUCTION COOPERATIVE GUIDE • 5.98MB


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


MOWIT Trifold
.pdf
Download PDF • 1.20MB


MOWIT Monthly Meetup - Please join us at our regular meeting, now BACK IN PERSON. These meetings are always the 3rd Thursday of the month and will be held at our new office located at 6301 Knox Industrial Drive, 2nd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63139 from 4 PM - 6 PM. Signup NOT required but appreciated! Networking 4-5 (Women only please); Program at 5 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: We follow all recommended Covid Guidelines per the City of STL.



Here's some great video resources!!


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






About Drywall finishers and female drywall finisher inspirational video


About Delicia Simpson - The Difference a Career Makes





STAY IN TOUCH!!



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 . 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.


Sincerely,



Aly Martinez


IBEW Electrician and President

Missouri Women In Trades




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