30 years ago I managed a very large lumber and building supply store. The most knowledgeable person who worked for me was Suzi, a woman both the builders and the rest of the staff relied on for answers to their most difficult questions.
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 7-11, 2021 but it's a practice we should keep all year round.
The share of women working in construction trades in 2018 was the highest in twenty years, but women remain strongly underrepresented in the trades: fewer than one in twenty (3.4 percent) of construction trades workers in 2018 were women. Female careers in the construction industry have remained shockingly low for decades, due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in the field.
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Still, as the industry is facing detrimental hiring shortages, we need to take time to both continually recruit women to the industry as well as celebrate the ladies who have made this industry their home.
Here are five ways to both recruit and retain women for careers in construction.
1. Focus on the Benefits
2. Change the Perception
3. Provide Comprehensive Training
4. Advocate for Change
5. Support Career Advancement
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