With women making up just 9.1-percent of the construction industry workforce in the U.S. in 2016, the manager of the award-winning RichmondBUILD career-training program is not just calling on all residents to apply for its April cohort, but particularly women.
“Now is the time to increase the number of women in the Trades,” said Fred Lucero, program manager for the RichmondBUILD Academy, which preps local residents for high-paying jobs in the construction and renewable energy industries.
See the flyer below for details on how to apply for the April cohort. The free program prepares applicants for jobs that start from $20 to $27 per hour.
The program was created in 2007 as a way to battle poverty and violence with career opportunity. In November, graduation for one of the cohorts had to be cancelled as all 21 students received job offers and started working before their scheduled graduation ceremony, according to Sal Vaca, director of the City of Richmond’s Employment and Training Dept.