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

Building People, Building Communities.

Our Vision

We envision inclusive, sustainable, and economically just communities. 

Our Values

Diversity and Representation  
Diversity and representation matter; If you can see it, you can be it. 

Growth and Continuous Learning 
We believe that creating a learning culture improves performance and innovation. 

Collaborative Strategic Partnerships 
We consider our partners an extension of our team because working collaboratively creates better results. 

Intentionality and Mindfulness 
We encourage authenticity, and we are intentional and mindful about meeting people where they are on their journey. 

Innovative Response and Collective Impact 
Providing adaptable and innovative services increases collective impact for all. 


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