BlogMarch 7

Celebrating the Women Building Our Future: National Women in Construction Week

This week, we celebrate the amazing women who are shaping the built environment during National Women in Construction Week (WIC Week). Held annually during the first full week of March, WIC Week acknowledges the vital role women play in construction – a field traditionally dominated by men.

A Time to Recognize and Empower

Established in 1998 by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), WIC Week highlights the achievements of women in construction. From skilled tradespeople and engineers to architects and project managers, women are making significant contributions at every level of the industry.

This week is also a time to raise awareness about the exciting career opportunities available to women in construction. The industry is experiencing a skilled labor shortage, and women represent a tremendous untapped talent pool. WIC Week events showcase the diverse roles women play and inspire the next generation of builders.

Here at EV Construction, 24% of our payroll are women which is about twice the national average. We have women in positions across our company including leadership, project management, finance, preconstruction, safety, marketing, and in the field and trades. We invest in training across our workforce and provide opportunities for employees to develop and grow in their construction careers.

Keys to the Future

The theme for WIC Week 2024 is “Keys to the Future.” This theme celebrates the strengths and knowledge that women bring to the construction industry. Women are at the forefront of innovation, driving advancements in sustainable building practices and fostering a more inclusive work environment.

Steps to Take to Get Into a Career in the Construction Industry

The construction industry offers a rewarding career path for anyone, regardless of gender. Here are some key steps to take as a woman entering the field:

Develop your skills and knowledge:

  • Explore different trades: Research various construction trades like carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, or welding to find one that aligns with your interests and strengths. You can attend career fairs, talk to professionals, or even volunteer on construction projects to gain firsthand experience.
  • Consider training options: Pursue a trade school program, community college certificate, or even a bachelor’s degree in construction management. These programs provide valuable knowledge and skills necessary for success in the industry. Locally in West Michigan, the Careerline Tech Center offers construction, electrical, and plumbing pathways for high school students. The West Michigan Construction Institute offers courses and programs for high school students, post-secondary training, and professional development and certification.
  • Look for apprenticeship opportunities: Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with classroom learning, allowing you to earn while you learn and develop valuable practical skills. Many construction companies and unions offer apprenticeship programs specifically targeted towards women.

Prepare for the workplace:

Embrace the opportunities:

  • Leverage your existing skills: If you already have experience in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, or project management, consider transitioning those skills to the construction industry. Many companies seek qualified professionals in these areas to support their operations. Research construction companies in your area and look for positions that align with your expertise.
  • Proactively seek out opportunities: Utilize job platforms like ZipRecruiter and Indeed to set up alerts for construction and trade positions. Follow relevant companies and industry associations on social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. This allows you to stay updated on new openings and network with professionals in the field.
  • Showcase your capabilities: Ensure your resume and LinkedIn profile are up-to-date and highlight the skills and experience you possess, even if not directly related to construction. Tailor your resume and online presence to emphasize how your transferable skills can benefit the construction industry.

Entering the construction industry as a woman can be an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding career path. By focusing on developing the necessary skills, preparing for the work environment, and embracing the challenges, you can pave the way for a successful and impactful career in construction.

Let’s take this week to celebrate the incredible women in construction and empower the future generation of builders!

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EV Construction Women in Construction Careers Jobs Holland Grand Rapids Michigan
EV Construction Women in Construction Careers Jobs Holland Grand Rapids Michigan
EV Construction Women in Construction Careers Jobs Holland Grand Rapids Michigan
EV Construction Women in Construction Careers Jobs Holland Grand Rapids Michigan
EV Construction Women in Construction Careers Jobs Holland Grand Rapids Michigan