Women in Trades
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. 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, Supervisor for Employment Training for Adults.
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.
March is Women in Trades Month. We'll be highlighting some of our very own colleagues in the Trades. Stay tuned for their stories.
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.