Program History

ANEW was founded in 1980 by people dedicated to improving the access and advancement of women in non-traditional career pathways such as construction and manufacturing. ANEW continues to focus on equity and inclusion in the construction industry for both women and people of color.

ANEW is the oldest, continuously running pre-apprenticeship program in the nation with a unique and successful reputation for training people to enter the construction industry.

ANEW partners with over 17 apprenticeship programs in the Puget Sound region. In addition to the apprenticeship programs, ANEW collaborates with public partners, other pre-apprenticeship programs and employers. Because of our strong partners, we are able to see clients successfully apply to and be accepted in apprenticeship programs. ANEW continues to offer retention services to clients for two years, resulting in increased retention for pre-apprenticeship graduates.

ANEW does not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, ethnicity, gender, background, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Our Mission

ANEW improves people’s lives by providing quality training, employment navigation and supportive services leading to successful family wage careers.

Our Vision

We envision a thriving community where there is equal access to family wage, apprentice-able career pathways resulting in a diverse, skilled workforce.

Our Values

ACCOUNTABILITY – We take responsibility for our actions and meet our commitments.

TEAMWORK – We support our diverse team with a unified approach of working openly and constructively across boundaries and geographies.

RESPECT – We treat people, especially each other, fairly and help people grow.

EXCELLENCE – We set high targets and aim to outperform in everything we do.

LEADERSHIP – We lead by example and have a clear vision of the future.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE – We ensure our people possess the resources, knowledge, courage and commitment to make the world a better place.

PEOPLE – We value our people, encourage their development, and reward their performance.

COMMUNICATION – We communicate openly, honestly and accurately.


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Are you in search of a high-paying career?

Here are five good reasons to start your career as an apprentice:

  • Earn a paycheck while you learn. Start at $20-30+/hr your first day!
  • A secure future – Achieving such a high level of skill will lead to a higher salary and greater job opportunities.
  • There are apprenticeships in nearly every field you can imagine.
  • A skill you can use. Careers that start with an apprenticeship are highly skilled, and they are in high demand.
  • The chance to be your best. When you start an apprenticeship, you’ll learn a skilled trade from a master craftsman.

ANEW offers pre-apprenticeship programs, employment navigation and financial support for individuals who desire a family wage career.

ANEW is a trusted partner in the construction industry. We can assist you with the training and navigation you need to obtain a family wage career in construction. To learn more about our services, attend an info session.

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs

ANEW offers high-quality, pre-apprenticeship training programs that help individuals obtain careers in construction trades. We partner with many registered apprenticeship programs in the Seattle area and expose students directly to their training facilities. These training partners explain their industry, teach technical and math-related lessons, and emphasize the importance of fitness.

As a graduate of ANEW, you will receive direct or preferred entry into a construction apprenticeship program. You will also receive placement assistance and retention services for two years.

To learn more and enroll, you must attend one of our info sessions. 

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs 

Trades Rotation Program (TRP) – Womxn Only  &  Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education (PACE) – Co-Ed

TRP and PACE are 12-week, 3 days a week, high-quality pre-apprenticeship training programs at our Training Facility in Kent, WA that help individuals obtain family wage careers in construction trades. These programs help adults gain the knowledge, physical fitness, and technical trades skills needed to be competitive to successfully apply and be accepted into an apprenticeship.

Graduates of this program will earn the following certifications:
– OSHA10
– Flagging
– Forklift

During the 12 weeks, students will:

Visit the different apprenticeship trades to learn more about wages, benefits, and the scope of work
Visit working job sites to meet and interact with construction professionals
Learn trades/applied math that is used in construction
Have several opportunities for professional development including mock interviews, peer and professional mentoring, and resume building
Have access to our support services*

*Dependent on income eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • GED or High School Diploma (or ability to finish before end of program)
  • Valid WA State Driver’s License (or ability to reinstate license by end of program)
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Stable Living Arrangements
  • Ability to pass a drug test

Apprenticeship Opportunities Project

Attention: AOP office is currently taking clients, by appointment, Mondays through Thursdays. 

Please call 425-390-7703 or email info@anewaop.org to make an appointment. 

Since 1994, ANEW has operated the Apprenticeship Opportunities Project (AOP). AOP provides employment navigation, support services, and case management to anyone who is ready for a family wage career in construction.

AOP can help Washington state residents, male and female, who are unemployed or under-employed and seeking work in livable wage jobs or apprenticeships in these ways:

  • One-to-one, personalized assistance on resumes, job and apprenticeship applications, and interviewing skills
  • Links to livable wage construction job postings and current apprenticeship openings
  • Direct connections to employers looking for qualified applicants

Limited Financial Assistance for qualified individuals:

  • Initiation Fees
  • Union Dues
  • Tuition for Math Classes
  • Work Clothes, Rain Gear, and Boots
  • Occupation-Specific Tools

Minimum Qualifications to enroll in AOP include:

  • Resident of Washington State
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must meet financial qualifications
  • Pre-apprentice or under-employed apprentice

Call us today to make an appointment: 425-390-7703 and ask for the AOP Department to be connected!

Fill out our enrollment form ahead of time here.

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