Kick-Start your welding career and get paid to learn

Weld to Work (W2W) is a PAID training program for Rhode Island job-seekers living at or below the federal poverty line. The training provides an introduction to metalworking where you can get hands-on industry experience working on real jobs in an industrial shop. 

Weld to Work is a week-long, 35-hour program. Each session is Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. During W2W you’ll learn industry safety standards and use metalworking tools such as the MIG Welder, oxy-acetylene torch, plasma cutter, chop saw, band saw, and angle grinder.

This is an opportunity to think critically, take leadership, experiment, and problem-solve while gaining valuable work-related soft skills such as communication, listening, teamwork and reliability. After you graduate we’ll keep working with you for a year while you look for a job or pursue further skills training.

  • Participants that successfully complete the program will receive the following:
  • A stipend of $175 will be made payable upon successful completion of the program
  • An additional 9 hours of studio access for continued practice
  • Opportunity to apply into Weld to Work 2.0 for further training

Fall 2020


Summer 2020


In order to be considered for acceptance, an applicant must meet the following guidelines:

  • A Rhode Island resident          
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Not currently enrolled in school or an alternative academic program
  • Able to attend the full program – If necessary, RIPTA bus passes will be provided for transportation to the program.
  • Has not been convicted of a major felony, including sexually-based crimes
  • Physically able to participate in an industrial shop (able to stand for 6 hours and lift 50lbs.)
  • Able to read and understand English
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S. in order to receive the stipend
  • Meet Income Eligibility Guidelines (Based on the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Use the chart below to determine your eligibility (hint: if you qualify for government assistance [SNAP, etc] you meet the Income Eligibility Guidelines) Feel free to call The Steel Yard office if you have any questions about your eligibility.
Number of Persons in Household and Annual Household Income*
  • Apply online by filling out the Weld to Work Application
  • An application can be submitted digitally via the online form, email, faxed 401-273-7105 or delivered to The Steel Yard office 27 Sims Avenue, Providence, RI 02909
  • Only eligible applicants will be contacted for an interview prior to the start of the next available program for a phone interview.

It is the policy of The Steel Yard that there shall be no discrimination with respect to the selection of the Weld to Work participant because of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, or military status.

Questions? Please contact The Steel Yard at 401-273- 7101 and ask for the Workforce Coordinator or email