In 2018, the Social Development Commission (SDC) launched a new initiative.
Locally, the construction industry was booming. However, developers struggled to find a steady and qualified pool of workers. With experienced construction workers retiring in record numbers, SDC adopted a national model replacing older construction workers with a new generation of employees – women.
Today, about 9 percent of workers in the construction industry are women. With a commitment to financially empower more women, SDC continues to lead the way by positioning women for these family-sustaining jobs. SDC recruiters actively target women for apprenticeship programs. And the construction work includes more than the development of big buildings.
Regina, a recent Absolute Advantage graduate, spent much of her career as a pharmacy technician. Now she wants to work for herself and start a home remodeling business. Looking to strengthen the skills needed for the job, Regina was one of several women who enrolled in SDC’s pre-apprenticeship program, Absolute Advantage.
For Regina, construction will become a family business. Her son also enrolled in SDC’s construction pre-apprenticeship program, YouthBuild. “He wants to be an electrician,” Regina –says. “I can do carpentry, remodeling, kitchens, and baths. He can do the electrical part. We can be one company offering many things.”
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