IBEW Local 1 Apprentice Shares Tips For Women Considering the Trades

By on February 4, 2019

From Labor Tribune:  She may only be 27, but IBEW Local 1 apprentice Tiffany Jones has some good advice for women considering a career in the building trades.

“Ask a lot of questions, get involved in your union and other worker advocate groups and find at least one tradeswoman to confide in because it can be difficult being a woman in the trades, and especially a black woman,” she said. “You’ll need that support – a shoulder to lean on.”

Jones, a third-year Local 1 apprentice, found that support through her sisters in the electricians’ union and Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT), a non-profit organization that provides tradeswomen with support group meetings, job information and referrals.


Today, Jones serves on the MoWIT Executive Board, helping other women in the building trades, and recently referred another young woman to the Iron Workers Local 396 pre-apprentice program. Jones is also a member of the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus.

“It’s all about networking and helping others,” she said. “As a woman in the building trades, it’s important to lead by example and be an advocate because other women will see you and think, ‘If she can do it, I can do it, too.’”


Jones has a bachelor of arts degree with a minor in communications studies from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. While she was in college, she worked at Menards in the Hardware Department and started talking to a customer who was a SEMO alumni in the pipefitters union.

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