Current Members


Included in the CAWS Membership are a number of community based organizations and pre-apprenticeship training programs that reach out, recruit and train prospective construction industry workers. CAWS works with these organizations to standardize trainings and enhance skill requirements to improve the quality of employees needed by future employers.

Owners & Contractors

Labor & The Trades

Community Organizers


Community Organizers


The Evening Trades Apprenticeship Preparation (ETAP) program was established
in 1998 by the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP) with the opportunity to move
residents to self-sufficiency as a pre-apprenticeship program to provide introductory
construction training and employment support services to begin careers in
the construction trades. Now with Portland Community College, Cascade Campus (PCC Cascade), ETAP continues to serve residents of low-income residents of Multnomah County, as
well as HAP public housing and Section 8.

Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program (ICCDC)

The purpose of the Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is to help participant develop an understanding of apprenticeship opportunities, which are available in the construction trades. Participant will develop skills that will aid them in researching, accessing and applying for apprenticeship and construction trade occupations. Each participant will gain knowledge and basic entry-level skills, plus familiarity with trade tools, terminology, basic principals, and career opportunities in the trade.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
Affiliate Member

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Together we are making a difference by training women for apprenticeship, supporting current tradeswomen and educating the next generation.

Portland YouthBuilders

(PYB) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, vocational, and leadership development programs for low-income men and women aged 17-24. Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1995, PYB is part of a network of over 200 YouthBuild programs around the country. Each year, we serve an average of 200 young people in the greater metropolitan area from our facility in outer Southeast Portland.

Urban League of Portland

The Urban League of Portland is one of the region's most respected social service and civil rights organizations. It is a nonprofit, community-based organization headquartered in north Portland and an affiliate of the National Urban League. The League helps empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security through a combination of direct services, outreach and advocacy.

Worksystems, Inc.

Worksystems, Inc. (WSI) is a nonprofit organization serving the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington counties. The mission of the organization is to build a comprehensive workforce development system that supports individual prosperity and business competitiveness.

Youth Employment Institute

Welcome to YEI, a nonprofit organization that provides education, employment, and personal development programs for youth in Portland. The YEI mission is to promote self-sufficiency and life-long learning by nurturing personal, educational and career development of young people.

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