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Celebrating Women in Trades 2021

Less than 3.4% of construction trade workers are women, according to research conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2018 report.

That number is comparable with other SKILLED TRADES when it comes to percent of women. WSWHE BOCES, CTE and ETA are focused on narrowing this skills gap.

The US Department of Labor Statistics reports that women are substantially underrepresented (relative to their share of total employment) in agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, and transportation and utilities. The jobs that are available and will become available are suffering a shortage and women can help fill those gaps. There are opportunities for learning and careers in these industries that we need to help women realize are out there.

“It’s important for women to know there are opportunities available to them in the trades. We want to increase participation and empower them to succeed,” said Michelle Stockwell, Supervisor for Employment Training for Adults.
According to Tradeswoman Inc., of the 165 million people working in the trades, women make up 250k. However, this number includes the non-technical positions (administrative, executive and office positions). When looking at the statistics of those working on the trade, we see those numbers drop significantly.
“By highlighting what the young women in our programs are doing, we hope to inspire more young women to get into the trades and to think more about non-traditional career paths,” said Nancy DeStefano, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Programs.
For more information and to see individual highlights, visit:
ETA’s Women in Trades webpage by clicking here.
CTE’s Women in Trades webpages by clicking here.