If you are a woman working in the construction trades, it will come as no surprise to you that the numbers of women working and succeeding in these occupations have barely budged in decades, with overall participation rates averaging just 3% nationwide. Not enough women are applying, gaining acceptance, retaining stable employment, and advancing in the industry, and no one is better equipped to change these statistics within their unions and apprenticeship programs than you. Your leadership and your labor can make a difference. In this section, you will find tools and strategies to support your efforts in attracting more women to your trade and promoting greater retention and advancement of women in the industry. If you would like additional support and assistance, please contact us at info@MTAC2.org.
Outreach and Career Education
- You are living proof that women can be successful in construction careers and your involvement in recruitment will have a strong impact on the results. Learn more strategies and tools to help you be an effective recruiter for your trade!
Support and Retention
- We can't grow the numbers of women working in the field if we are losing experienced tradeswomen before they advance up the ladder to positions where they can make a difference women in the industry. Here are some ideas and resources to help you in supporting women's retention, advancement in your trade, and leadership development.
- Find tradeswomen's organizations and other resources available in your region.
- If you are a woman interested in applying for a nontraditional registered apprenticeship or are a tradeswomen interested in supporting other women to become competitive applicants, this information, assessment tools and study materials can help!