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Earn more! WINC can help

Women in nontraditional careers often earn more than women who have earned a four-year degree, graduating without debt and earning more over their lifetime. Let’s keep earning. The Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC) Project is a Philadelphia regional collaboration to support, increase and advance the participation of women in construction, manufacturing and transit careers.

Do you want to get paid while you learn?

Watch our video on Intro to Apprenticeship to learn more.

Is a nontraditional career right for you?

Take the quiz to find out.


First, decide which trade(s) you want to apply for. Do your research by visiting, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association. Each trade has a different application process. Check back later to download the latest schedule here.

Philadelphia and Bucks County Community Colleges offer training in advance manufacturing, including pre-apprenticeships. Contact them and find out if your tuition can be covered by federal grants or PA CareerLink® programs.

Go to and choose “Careers”. Look for “Current Job Openings”. Read postings carefully. There are keywords in the postings that must be in one’s resume when applying, to increase the chance you will be chosen for an interview. Answer the questions based on the position you are applying for. You need to be willing to work shifts, nights, weekends, holidays etc. If you have a CDL license, that gives extra points. The higher the point totals, the better the chance. Once you have applied, you can email Colleen May, a WINC Steering Committee member [email protected]. She offered to advise aspiring tradeswomen to see how many points your application has and what might need to be changed. 

Fill out the contact form to join the WINC community. We will contact you about networking, speaking and mentorship opportunities. Or connect to local and national tradeswomen groups like: Women in Manufacturing, Eastern PA National Association of Women In Construction, Philadelphia Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference 

What’s the latest news in Philadelphia?

Read our latest news here to find out!


Listen to Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC) Podcast: “Today’s Rosie”

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Watch Powerful Stories of Women in the Trades

Watch and use these videos to inspire more women of all ages to explore careers in the trades.

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This project has been funded in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration under contract number DOL-ETA-16-C-0104. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies for the DOL, nor does mention of organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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