Frequently Asked Questions
Rhode Island Welding to Work Program
Q. What is the Rhode Island Welding to Work Program?
The Rhode Island Welding to Work (WTW) Program is a partnership between community, business and trade union organizations to produce a talent pipeline to meet the immediate and on-going employment requirements in the welding and pipe fitting professional trades. Selected participants will take part in an integrated supportive services and welding training curriculum that will prepare them for placement as welders in full-time employment in Rhode Island.
Q. Who is the WTW Team?
Participating team members include UA-Local 51 Pipefitters and Plumbers Union, Progreso Latino, Center for Southeast Asians, Skills for Rhode Island Future, and Mayforth Group. The program is funded through a grant from the Real Jobs Program at the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training.
Q. How do I apply to the WTW program?
Interested applicants can complete and application form online. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview with team members.
4 Q. How long is the training program?
Accepted students will participate in free training program (valued at $8,000 per student) that requires participation in a comprehensive, 5-week program that includes 110 hours of training and participation in a financial literacy workshop.
Q. What is the expected pay in a full-time welding job?
Although it varies from industry to employers, welders, cutters, solderers and brazers earn median wages of $19 per hour, plus benefits including healthcare. *
Q. Are there age limits for participants?
Each industry establishes its own minimum age requirement, although the typical minimum age is 18. Except in very limited situations, there are no upper age limits.
Q. What are the minimum educational requirements for participants?
The WTW program requires applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Also required is 6th grade math skills and English speaking and reading skills.
Q. Who can apply for apprenticeship?
Anyone who meets the WTW qualifications may apply, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. The program urges women & members of racial minority groups to apply.
Q. Who pays for the training?
Selected applicants in the WTW program will have the cost of related training paid for through the state grant.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Median Pay