Weld To Work

Weld to Work is a paid job readiness program designed to widen participants’ employable skills and make participants more eligible for a variety of jobs in local industries. Weld to Work is a  one-week structured training that begins with basic shop practice and culminates with the design and fabrication of a public project that is installed in the community. This program introduces participants to proper studio safety practices and basic metalworking, including hand and power tools such as the oxygen-acetylene torch, plasma cutter and MIG welder.

Weld to Work is designed to challenge participants to think critically, take leadership, use available resources, problem-solve and demonstrate skills of the trade on real commissioned projects while gaining valuable work-related soft skills such as communication, listening, teamwork and reliability.


Fall 2018

Weld to Work is a week-long, 30-hour program offered 4 times a season. Each session is Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Complete and submit the application below to be considered for the next available programs. You will be contacted prior to the start of the next available program for a phone interview. 

Program Benefits

Participants that successfully complete the program will receive the following:

  • A stipend of $175 will be made payable upon successful completion of the week-long program
  • A Steel Yard in-house metalworking certificate
  • Individualized tracking and employment assistance for one year
  • Free access to three Open Studio sessions
  • Eligibility for further opportunities at the Steel Yard
  • Opportunity to apply into Weld to Work 2.0 for further training


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

  • A Rhode Island resident          
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Not currently be 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 exually-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 be able to receive the stipend
  • Meet Income Eligibility Guidelines (Based on the 2017 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*


1 2 3 4 5 6
$12,140 $16,460 $20,780 $25,100 $29,420 $33,740


To Apply

  • Determine if you qualify for the program
  • Complete the W2W Application (pdf) or contact   or 401-273-7101 to provide your name and contact information. 
  • Mail, fax, email or hand in the application to the Steel Yard office
  • Once the Steel Yard has received your application, you will be contacted within a few weeks for a brief phone interview. If you cannot be reached at the numbers you put on your application, your application cannot be considered for acceptance


Completed applications can be submitted by:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 401-273-7105
  • Mail or Hand-Deliver: The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI 02909

Questions/ concerns

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

Incomplete or partial applications will not be considered. Applications may be submitted via email, snail-mail, or in person. 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.