As Demand for Skilled Workers Grows, Program Trains Women in Construction

August 26, 2015

The Women Building Futures program is a free 10-week program that trains women to work in the construction industry, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

The goal of the program is to help women who are unemployed or underemployed to find long-term jobs that offer pay above minimum wage.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, women made up 8.9 percent of the construction workforce.  But unlike other industries where women earn on average 82.1 percent of what men make, women in the construction industry earn 93.4 percent of what men make.

Constructions workers are in high demand and employers are struggling to fill job openings with skilled workers, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Data from the Associated General Contractors revealed that the construction industry hit its highest level of growth since February 2006 in July 2015. 

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