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

ANEW improves people’s lives by providing quality training, employment navigation and supportive services leading to successful family wage careers.

Our Vision

We envision a thriving community where there is equal access to family wage, apprentice-able career pathways resulting in a diverse, skilled workforce.

Our Values

ACCOUNTABILITY – We take responsibility for our actions and meet our commitments.

TEAMWORK – We support our diverse team with a unified approach of working openly and constructively across boundaries and geographies.

RESPECT – We treat people, especially each other, fairly and help people grow.

EXCELLENCE – We set high targets and aim to outperform in everything we do.

LEADERSHIP – We lead by example and have a clear vision of the future.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE – We ensure our people possess the resources, knowledge, courage and commitment to make the world a better place.

PEOPLE – We value our people, encourage their development, and reward their performance.

COMMUNICATION – We communicate openly, honestly and accurately.

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