Women Building Change
It’s clear that our industry needs more women. Construction employers across the U.S. are facing a severe shortage of workers, and in an industry that is 91% male, employers are actively recruiting women to fill employment gaps. As a nonprofit training organization, Colorado Homebuilding Academy’s goal is to help women take advantage of these expanding opportunities in our industry by supporting women as they build proud, meaningful careers.
What do careers in building ACTUALLY look like?
Construction has an image problem. When portrayed in the media, construction professionals are most often men working in grueling, hands-on craft positions. The reality is much more complex.
Many jobs in the construction industry are in professional services. These jobs are less physical; they include estimating, project management, safety inspection, and many more. Some of these jobs, like customer care, require basic knowledge of building materials and systems, but most of the work is done in a professional office environment.
Colorado Homebuilding Academy offers Estimating and Construction Management training that can help prepare you for a career in construction professional services.
TRADE / CRAFT CAREERS
Careers in the trades, like electrical, plumbing, and carpentry, are ideal for women who don’t want to “get stuck working in an office.” You will be on a work site, moving around, and participating in build projects in your community.
These jobs require technical expertise that you can learn in Colorado Homebuilding Academy’s introductory course: Construction Skills Bootcamp. Many graduates from this course go on to an entry-level position in the trades, or a 3 to 4 year paid apprenticeship.
We also offer a Basics in Concrete course that teaches students the basic skills needed for craft positions in concrete construction.
BUILD A NETWORK
Join a professional group for women in construction.
Read about other women in our industry
Building together: Women in construction look to each other for support
5 Women Shaping the Construction Industry
Statistics of Women in Construction
National Association of Women in Construction
Colorado’s Habitat for Humanity: Women Build Week
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