Oregon Tradeswomen helps transform lives by building community and economic independence through empowerment, training, career education, advocacy, & leadership development in the skilled trades.
Bottom Line for Portland
Financial stability is the foundation for health, housing and so much more. Construction careers provide good wages and, often, excellent health benefits and pensions. Oregon currently has a deficit of 87,000 construction workers and Oregon Tradeswomen offers a direct path to these careers with training and supportive services, available free to participants; it’s not a hand-out but a hand-up. The average annual income pre-training is $12,600 and the average starting wage eight weeks later is $47,000.
“In the trades, I know I can be on my own and be okay. I know I have food to eat every day, I have an apartment to go home to every night, and I have health insurance for the first time in my entire life. If Oregon Tradeswomen didn’t take a chance on me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Jamie Jarrett, Electrical Apprentice, IBEW Local 48
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In our work with industry, across communities, and internally, Oregon Tradeswomen is an ally in achieving racial and gender equity.
Our collaborative approach to equity and inclusion relies on our strong, strategic, and authentic partnerships.
Our staff and board commit to utilizing a racial and gender justice lens to design, implement, and evaluate our programming and policy work, as well as our internal policies and procedures.
Oregon Tradeswomen has worked intentionally the last several years to increase staff and Board diversity resulting in the combined leadership team being 59% BIPOC.
Triple your impact the last week of December. All donations that week will be tripled by Kiewit up to $10,000
All donations of $50 or more from Dec 15-30th will be matched by TC Energy up to $10,000!
Donors age 35 & under will receive an additional 25% off their order from our friends at COAST.
On Giving Tuesday, the first 10 donors will receive a COAST FL75 LED headlamp.