Women Wear Hard Hats Too – might fit nicely with Habitat for Humanity initiative
Summit’s February 22 enrollment might be different than the last few. If you are asking why, it might have something to do with the latest surge for women in construction. Hiring partners are looking, now more than ever, to meet their hiring goals so that there is not a single-gendered workforce. One helpful component to this upcoming enrollment is the fast-approaching “Women Wear Hard Hats Too” expo on February 1 at 10 a.m.
The women in construction expo will feature both women hiring partners and Summit graduates. This forum will give potential students an idea of what it is like to be both a woman going through the program and working in the trades. The interested potentials will also have a chance to participate in the question and answer session, following the panel, where no questions are off limits.
Women in the construction industry is a powerful message to send. The long-standing conception of the construction industry is that men dominate the workforce, because it is a man’s work. Not so. In fact, Habitat for Humanity has started an initiative in sponsorship with Lowes strictly dedicated toward women building–fittingly, the program is called “Women Build.”
Women Build is Habitat’s volunteer program for women who want to learn construction skills and make a difference by building homes and communities. Moreover, this program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide–more than 1,750 have been constructed.
While prior construction skills are not necessary, they do help and are even a bonus. Interestingly enough, the article states that “women make up 50 percent of Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer force; yet often because of lack of training, they account for less than 15 percent of workers on the construction site.” This is going to change.
The Women Build Twin Cities program runs September 3, 2010-April 30, 2011. Twin Cities Habitat’s Women Bild program will be accepting volunteers for its Build crew each month: on the first Friday and third Thursday of each month. Click here to learn more.
Interested in Women Build? Interested in Summit Academy OIC? Attend the Women Wear Hard Hats Too Expo on February 1 at 10 a.m. and find out how you can make a difference!