May 16, 2019

Local Programs Seek Women to Train for Construction and Manufacturing Careers

Local Programs Seek Women to Train for Construction and Manufacturing Careers

Several new training programs are recruiting women to prepare for well-paying construction and manufacturing jobs in the Philadelphia region during summer and fall 2019.

The Building Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Program begins June 24 and runs mostly nights and weekends through August. Participants will receive tools, safety equipment and transportation assistance. Topics include Leadership, Communication, Industry Awareness, Labor History, Safety/OSHA, Green Construction, Drawings/Blueprints, Construction Math, Basic Tools & Materials. Included are visits to several area apprenticeship schools to meet program staff and hear about each craft and how to apply for apprenticeships. The program is sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions, to prepare individuals to apply for and succeed in a paid apprenticeship program in the building trades. Contact Mike Schurr for more information.

The Insulators Union Apprenticeship Program has set a goal that 18% or more of new apprentices should be women. They are accepting applications now through November 2019 for a March 2020 start. Contact: John Stahl

For women interested in manufacturing careers, the Community College of Philadelphia and Bucks Community College offer several new career preparation, training and pre-apprenticeship programs to enter manufacturing careers. Attending an information or orientation session is the best way to learn more.

Orleans Technical College building trades program has recently graduated women from their carpentry, building maintenance and electrical skills training programs who have begun well-paying careers. You can view short videos from recent women graduates and apply on their website.

Funding may be available for training programs through PA CareerLink® centers. Visit the one nearest you.