The number of women entering the Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs offered by the region's Construction Trade Unions and their Contractor partners continues to grow, and the trades have placed a special emphasis on growing the ranks of women in the trades. There is no cost for the training and apprentices are paid, along with health care and pension benefits.
Our region is undergoing what many consider to be a historic construction boom, with massive infrastructure projects; ongoing natural gas industry pipeline and infrastructure construction; the Shell Ethane Cracker plant, with as many as three more similar plants being considered; health care; education; mixed-use development; residential; and commercial projects.
Add to this boom the impending retirement, in the next six to nine years, of thousands of baby boom tradespeople, and the future for those entering the trades today is exceptionally bright.
What the women who’ve embarked on a professional trade career have found is that the trades are highly skilled professions relying more so on brains than brawn. Construction trade careers are life-long, with family-sustaining wages above the Pennsylvania average household income, plus comprehensive health care and retirement benefits. It’s not uncommon for skilled tradespeople to earn into six figures.
Women in our training programs come from a variety of backgrounds, including college graduates, former stay-at-home moms whose kids have grown, single mothers, and straight from high school graduates.
Meet just a few of the women who have found a career they love in the construction trades!