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Women in Trades

Continuing the Conversation - Women in the Trades - 2023
With more than 50 guests in attendance, the Women in Trades event on March 30, 2023 was another step toward building awareness and growth opportunities for women to work in the trades.
The event, titled “Pathways to Empowering Women in the Trades,” was hosted by Employment Training for Adults (ETA). Students, business partners, community members, WSWHE BOCES board members, and individuals interested in learning about support, pathways and opportunities for women in the trades were in attendance. 
Powerful Insights & Reflections from the 2022 Women in Trades Expo
On March 30, 2022, Employment Training for Adults (ETA), hosted a Women in Trades Expo at the WSWHE BOCES Conference Center in Wilton. The event successfully brought together local employers, industry partners, and women interested in learning about new pathways and opportunities. Continue to full story by clicking here
The following programs were highlighted:  •Automotive Technology •CDL •Electrical Technician •Heavy Equipment •HVAC-R •Machine Tool Technology •Marine Technology •Residential Construction •Security Guard •Welding
Exhibiting companies included

Barton Mines LLC, Curtis Lumber Company Commercial Paving Company D.A. Collins Family of Companies Eastern Millwright Regional Council Espey Mfg. Electronics Corp. Express Employment Professionals of Albany The Fort Miller Group, Inc. Hudson Valley Community College Hunt Companies, Inc. LEAP - Learning, Employment, Assistance, Partnership Local 7 Plumbers & Steamfitters National Grid North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters North East Fire Protection Systems, Inc. Stone Bridge Iron & Steel, Teakwood Builders, Inc., U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 773, UBC Millwrights U.S. Air Force Recruiting Veterans & Community Housing Coalition - Vethelp Saratoga Economic Development Corp Warren County Employment & Training Administration!


Women in the Trades Data and Statistics
Less than 3.4% of construction trade workers are women, according to research conducted by the Institute for 3.4% pie chart Women’s Policy Research, 2018 report.
That number is comparable with other SKILLED TRADES when it comes to percent of women. We 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.
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. 
“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, Administrator for Adult Programs.
We work with several local industries that see this shortage in women and discuss that with us. Those companies include Barton Mines, Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association, Curtis Lumber, The Fort Miller Group, Inc., North Atlantic States Carpenters Labor Management Program, Rudd Builders and Whitbeck Construction. 
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Seeing Yourself in a Role
According to Digital Builder, a construction blog; "... people tend to seek career paths that they can relate to–in other words, they look at the people in these fields and see if they see themselves in those roles. If women only see men in the trades, they’ll assume it’s not a career for them." It is important for women to see other women in the roles where they can picture themselves and see that she truly can do the job. 
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CTE Students
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Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide hands-on learners an opportunity to master academics and technical skills within a subject that interests them and leads to a rewarding career.