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A Rich History: Women in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2021 11:19:32 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, careers, Women in the trades, women in trades

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When you think of the building trades, you think of men, plain and simple. But did you know that women actually have a long history in the trades and labor movement?

The earliest records go back to the 13th century in Spain, but women were likely involved in building long before then. Though historically, women often haven’t gotten the fame or the glory for much of the work they’ve done, women have proven time and time again, century after century, that work in the building trades is far from “man’s work.”

For example, did you know that we can thank a woman, Emily Warren Roebling, for the Brooklyn Bridge? Her father in-law designed the bridge, and her husband took over as the chief engineer on the job after his father passed away. That is, until he himself fell very ill and became bedridden. Dedicated to seeing the project to completion, Emily first served as a liaison, relaying information between her husband and his assistants on-site. But over time, Emily took over the majority of the project management, day-to-day supervision, and became unofficially known as the chief engineer of the project. In 1883, after 14 years of construction, 10 of them with Emily at the helm, Emily Warren Roebling was the first person to cross the bridge and is hailed as the first woman engineer.

And of course, we all know and love Rosie the Riveter of the World War II era, who made a HUGE impact on a generation of women in the workforce. Such an impact, that in less than 5 years, women rose from 27% to 37% of the workforce thanks to the government’s campaign. These women were the pioneers for women in the skilled trades, and they did much more than rivet - they served as electricians, welders, engine repair mechanics, manufacturers, and much more - and they did it well. They took great pride in their work and played an undeniable role in the war effort. Without these women’s gumption, our country, economy, and our current workforce would have suffered considerably. They helped to pave the way.

Sadly, after the war was over many women returned to their pre-war lives, and their presence in the trades waned over time. Today, women comprise only 10.3 percent of the construction workforce in the US. Women are clearly an untapped resource for the skilled trades. The benefits of having more women in the workforce are undeniable, and the skilled trades want and need more women.

Ladies, the skilled trades need you! The career opportunities are bountiful, the work is rewarding, and the sky is truly the limit in terms of opportunities. Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median weekly income of a union construction worker substantially exceeds sixteen out of the twenty most common occupations for women? Amazing!

While it may not be widely talked about or celebrated, women have a rich history in the trades, and it’s only just beginning. We applaud the women who have forged paths for the women of today, and we invite you to #ChoosetoChallenge the notion that the building trades are best suited for men.

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The Trades Offer Great Career Opportunities for Women

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2021 1:50:48 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction jobs, careers, career opportunities, Women in the trades, women in trades

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It’s true that when you picture a construction site, you probably don’t picture a sea full of women. But just because it’s a traditionally male-dominated industry, doesn’t mean that there aren’t more and more women joining the skilled trades workforce, and for good reason!

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Find a Life That You Love with a Career in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2021 1:37:34 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, construction industry, trades, construction jobs, careers, career opportunities

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What is it like to be a trades worker? First things first, in the construction trades, we work hard to make things that are real. When someone asks us what we do, we say, “I’m a sheet metal worker,” or “I’m an electrical worker.” We never have to say, “I’m an associate marketing coordinator reporting to the assistant vice president of sales.” We make bridges, stadiums, houses, roads, machines, things that are real, things that last.

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New Beginnings: Why You Should Consider A Career in the Construction Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, skilled labor shortage, construction jobs, careers, career opportunities

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2020 was quite a year. While it has been trying for all of us, it’s also forced good and needed reflection on what we really value, and what we want from life moving forward, both personally and professionally. Coupled with a new year and the new resolutions that come with it, 2021 is sure to be a year of progress, change, and growth.

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Are Construction Workers Essential Workers?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2021 12:19:40 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, construction jobs, construction outlook, careers, United States Construction, career opportunities, construction workers, COVID-19

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Construction trades have always been essential, long before the words pandemic, COVID, quarantine, and coronavirus were part of everyday life. Construction is the lifeblood of our nation’s progress and welfare, providing infrastructure and services that are critical to all aspects of our everyday lives. So when asked “Are Construction Workers Essential Workers?” the answer is a resounding and multifaceted YES!

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Construction industry offers opportunity to work outdoors

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 5, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in careers, career opportunities, construction workers, Registered construction apprenticeships

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Working in the construction industry provides individuals with the opportunity to have a career outdoors. You may find yourself working on high-profile jobs such as professional sports arenas or buildings that define a city skyline.

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College graduate finds lifelong career in the trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2019 9:09:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in careers, Construct Your Future, career opportunities, Registered construction apprenticeships

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By 2020, two thirds of available jobs will not require a bachelor’s degree or higher

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2017 7:30:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in skilled labor shortage, construction outlook, careers, Construct Your Future

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Perhaps you heard the college recruiter tell you that a degree from their prestigious university can get you a job anywhere.

You can't.

Just because you have a piece of paper that probably put you tens of thousands of dollars in debt, if not more, does not guarantee you a job. 

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Being an athlete could set you up for success

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 3:10:00 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in skilled labor shortage, construction jobs, Schools, careers

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Athletes know that success comes through hard work and discipline, by getting up early day after day and training when no one else is and by doing the things no one else will.

As an athlete, you also know that you are only as strong as the team that surrounds you— the people who encourage you when you are down and tired but not out, the brothers and sisters who push you to go beyond yourself and become your best self.   

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Can you afford to go to college?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 8:45:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, construction industry, construction outlook, careers, apprenticeships, Construct Your Future

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Chances are you have heard the argument about why everyone should go to college. 

A good education leads to a good job and yada, yada, yada, in 40 years you should be able to retire. 

The problem though, is no one talks about the large elephant in the room – can you actually afford to go to college? 

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