"Yes They Can!" - Wall Street Journal on NEW

 

 

The Wall Street Journal's Anne Kadet profiled Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a Jobs to Build On partner organization, and the organization's work supporting women who want to join the unionized building trades.

If you spot a female construction worker on a union site in New York City, you can assume three things. Yes, she’s probably a tough cookie. And she’s likely earning far more than her blue-collar sisters in occupations traditionally held by women. Third? She likely got her start at a little-known workforce training program housed in a former firehouse on a quiet Manhattan street.

NEW recruits and trains about 225 women a year to enter apprentice programs offered by the city’s construction unions. The unions recently increased the portion of apprentice slots reserved for woman from 10% to 15%, and most are filled by NEW graduates.


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