Happy International Women’s Day! Today we are celebrating women who are #BreakingtheBias through Registered Apprenticeship. From landscaping & agriculture to construction, data science to manufacturing, Rhode Island women are leading the way for the next generation.

Vennicia Kingston (left), Journeyworker Laborer, Local 271; Small Business Owner, Eagle Eye Construction; Co-Chair of the RI Women’s Council of the RI Building and Construction Trades Council

“I’ve always been a hands-on type of person. I’ve always wanted to be a thinker. I always wanted to do things to challenge me every day. In the trades, you’re always learning. It’s always something different.”

Vennicia graduated Building Futures’ pre-apprenticeship in 2011 and launched her career with a Registered Apprenticeship at LIUNA Local 271. Learn more about our Construction Pre-Apprenticeship

Helen Lee, IT Support Technician, Completed Registered Apprenticeship at Claflin

“The Claflin Apprenticeship program has taught me a great deal in the field of technology.  Before, I thought I wanted to earn my degree first, before starting a full-time job, but Claflin’s Apprentice Program offered the full package of experience and schooling together.  I completed my associate degree in Biomedical Information Technology, while working as an IT Support Technician.

“On the job I have acquired a number of skills including computer assembly, configuration-deployment of managed network switches, and remote technical support. On the business technology end, I have implemented a Customer Relationship Management system. All of this experience has given me the opportunity to continue growing as a tech.”

Jaclyn Silvian during her Tool Maker Apprenticeship with Antaya Technologies

Hilda Serrano, Family Child Care Provider, sole proprietor & member of SEIU 1199 NE. Family child providers launched a ground breaking new RA last year.

Dilainy Abreu Maria during the welding elective at Building Futures’ Pre-apprenticeship. Photo credit: The RI Foundation

Community Health Worker Apprentices at ONE Neighborhood Builders.

Rebecca White, Electrician Apprentice with IBEW 99 & Building Futures’ graduate on the job.

An apprentice at Parent Support Network conducting community outreach.