Grant to Help Chicago Women Find Skilled Construction Jobs
Chicago Women in Trades is receiving an unprecedented grant of $2.1 million from the Department of Labor to help increase the number of women who can find jobs in the construction trades, it was announced earlier this month.
For the past 25 years, the local organization has been helping women gain access to high-wage, high-skill jobs in the construction trades. A journey level tradeswoman earns approximately three-and-a-half times the wage of a childcare worker, a job typically filled by women.
According to the Department of Labor, women account for less than 3% of good paying skilled trades jobs and 60% of the country’s minimum wage employees.
The three-year grant is being used to establish the Women in Skilled Trades project, a network of community and public partnerships that will provide outreach and training and determine the best practices for successfully placing women in construction jobs.