Posts Tagged ‘Women’

Oct
2016
28

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation
  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter set a goal for women to hold 6.9% of work hours in the construction industry by 1982. Fast forward nearly 40 years and we aren’t even close. The national average sits somewhere between two and three percent. But there is cause for optimism, and one bright spot is Boston’s [&hellip...
Aug
2016
25

SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young

SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young
  Electrical Contractor Magazine has released their biennial “Profile of the Electrical Contractor.” 2,419 people responded to the magazine’s survey, answering questions about the work they did in 2015. They describe an “industry that’s both continuing to mend following the financial meltdown eight years ago and...
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Jul
2016
5

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes

Union Trades Camp Shows Young PA Girls the Construction Ropes
  “Girls are as capable, if not more capable, of doing as good a job as boys are.” So says 11-year-old Ashley Hawk of Pottstown, PA. Ashley is one of 18 girls attending Camp MAGIC (Mentoring A Girl In Construction) in Philadelphia. The camp offers middle- and high-school-age girls a chance to work with saber saws and...
Mar
2016
8

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession
  An article in the Orange County Register has highlighted the growing number of apprenticeships in California.  The trend is being spurred by a perfect storm of construction needs and an aging workforce.  A push from state and federal agencies to promote apprenticeship programs as an alternative to a four-year degree has had an impact as...
Mar
2016
2

For First Time in 6-Year History, Women Build Nations Conference Will Be Held Outside of CA

For First Time in 6-Year History, Women Build Nations Conference Will Be Held Outside of CA
  For the first time in its history, the Women Build Nations Conference will be hosted outside of California, allowing more Midwestern tradeswomen an opportunity to attend.  The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois beginning April 29th.  The sixth annual conference will be...
Mar
2016
1

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start
  In a recent interview for the website Fight for Florida, current Florida Building and Construction Trades Council President, Theresa King, reveals the triumphs and tribulations that have come with being the first women elected to her position.  The interview is part of the website’s “Labor Spotlight” series. When asked about...
Feb
2016
24

“You can’t worry about diversity later.  It has to be on your mind at the start of the job.”

  At the University of Massachusetts (UMass), goals set for women on campus construction projects are not being met, so officials with both the school and local trade unions are seeking solutions.  State institutions are encouraged to employ 6.9 percent female workers and 15.3 percent minority workers on any campus project.  However, the...
Jan
2016
5

Growth Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry Predicted to Reach New Heights

Growth Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry Predicted to Reach New Heights
  As the need for skilled laborers in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry grows, outreach to women is growing in kind. As of 2014, just 1.2 percent of the HVAC workforce was female according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, with demand for HVACR mechanics and installers expected to grow by [&hellip...
Dec
2015
3

When It Comes to Female Apprenticeship Numbers, Oregon is Blowing Other States Away

When It Comes to Female Apprenticeship Numbers, Oregon is Blowing Other States Away
  In Oregon, outreach efforts to ensure women have apprenticeship opportunities were rewarded at a ceremony earlier this month, during which elected officials and union leaders touted the state’s leadership and celebrated the receipt of a $3 million federal grant to develop such programs. According to the numbers, Oregon has more than...
Nov
2015
9

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program for Women and Minorities Achieving High Work Placement Rate

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program for Women and Minorities Achieving High Work Placement Rate
  Building Union Diversity (BUD), the St. Louis-area pre-apprenticeship program that aims to create construction career opportunities for women and minorities, is achieving very high placement rates among graduates according to local news reports.  We have featured BUD in the past, including when it was recognized by the White House as a...
Sep
2014
30

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks
  Over 7.1 million people work in the construction industry, yet only 2.1 percent of them are women.  Many unions are looking to change this by expanding recruiting efforts and apprenticeship programs to serve more women and minorities, but this trend is unlikely to change without more action from government agencies and revisions of...
Aug
2014
27

Louisiana, West Virginia Tout Programs to Expands Ranks of Women in the Building Trades

  As the construction trades look to expand their ranks, several programs are helping women take on the challenges that comes with entering a male dominated industry. The workforce is aging, but apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs are training the next generation while diversifying the workforce of new entrants.   In Baton Rouge,...