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Local Construction, Workforce Development Leaders Team Up to Empower Women in Construction

Workforce Development

Central Six Alabama Works Region 4, Girl’s Inc. of Central Alabama, AIDT/Alabama Workforce Training Center (AWTC), Wood and the 2018 Academy of Craft Training will host the third annual “Power UP: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing!” to empower young women and their mothers to become educated, engaged, and explore career opportunities in the construction industry. The event will be held March 6, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the AIDT/Alabama Workforce Training Center (AWTC), 3500 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, Ala.

According to a 2014 U.S. Department of Labor report, over 9 million people work in the construction industry yet only 8.9 percent are women. Moreover, of the small segment of women in the industry the vast majority serve in administrative or clerical positions. In order to attract female participation in the construction workforce on the same levels of female participation in sectors such as healthcare, education and finance, it is critical to educate them about career opportunities in the construction industry at a young age. With construction careers still considered nontraditional options for women, most girls are not encouraged to explore skilled trades such as carpentry, electrical, welding and plumbing. Power Up: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing” seeks to create dialogue between young women and their mothers about these opportunities through:

  • Educating girls and their mothers on pathways into the construction industry
  • Engaging girls and their mothers through one-on-one dialogue with women in the industry
  • Exploring the construction industry with hands-on activities that reflect real-world situations

According to Antiqua Cleggett, Power UP Co Chair, “We are so excited to have this event again this year. Last year, we had over 600 participants, employer partners, educators and training providers and we anticipate more this year. The construction community and our education partners have been so helpful and supportive of our efforts we had to host the event again.” This Third annual event promises to have even more mothers and daughters exploring careers in the construction industry and will be hosting:

  • Diane Koester-Byron President I.E-Pacific, Inc.
  • Debbie Dickinson- CEO Crane Industry Services
  • Edna Weaver – Alabama Power Company Transmission Project Management & Customer Service

Power UP: It’s a Mother-Daughter Thing! has been recognized as 2017 Best Practice Champion by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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