Program & Partners

The Northeast Center for Tradeswomen’s Equity (NCTE) is a Massachusetts-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping women find careers in the union building trades. This isn’t just a campaign, it’s a movement with a big goal: to have 20% women in the building trades by 2020. That’s why we’re committed to:


Increasing gender and ethnic diversity in the construction trades

Providing an insider’s road map to finding and applying for building trades union apprenticeship programs

Finding qualified workers for Union Apprenticeship Programs

Helping Massachusetts residents and families achieve a better quality of life

We have decades of experience in bringing women, and particularly women of color, into the building trades. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Founding Partners

Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues

PGTI, a regional collaboration of industry stakeholders, including tradeswomen, unions, contractors, government and community, has met bi-monthly since 2008 to crush the barriers to good careers for women in the construction trades.

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Building Pathways

Building Pathways creates opportunities for greater Boston area women and people of color to access union building trades apprenticeships through apprenticeship preparedness training, outreach to young adults, and advocacy.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Our mission is to ensure that the state’s gaming industry provides maximum job opportunities and supports an inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity of the Commonwealth.

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Building & Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District

MetroBTC, a group of 20 local construction unions in partnership with more than 3,300 union contractors strives to create a more fair and just environment for all workers in the construction industry.

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Partnering with us can work to your advantage. To learn more about opportunities to support women in construction, just fill out the form below.

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