Skip to Content


Events , Featured , News , Women's Programs | Jan 29, 2019 | Back to List

170323-f-gy014-910WINOOSKI, VERMONT / January 29, 2019 – Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is actively recruiting participants for its Trailblazers: Women in the Construction Trades program, designed to prepare women for jobs and apprenticeships in high-demand, high-paying sectors, including construction, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and others. Along with technical skills, the program exposes participants to the range of employers and jobs available with these skills, as well as provides mentoring and networking opportunities with women working in these sectors.

Training dates and locations are:
March 25  – May 20, 2019 at Skilltech, Center for Technology, Essex, VT
June 3 – July 29, 2019 at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, White River Junction, VT

Our goal is to make careers in the trades more visible and available to women because not only do they pay well, but they can offer tremendous job satisfaction and professional advancement opportunities,” says Jen Oldham, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women. “We look forward to introducing participants to women who are thriving in these fields!” The training is offered free-of-charge thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. It is to open to women and female-identifying individuals 16 years or older, no experience necessary. The program includes:

  • 8 weeks of classroom and hands-on training, led by women, covering core construction, electrical, plumbing and pipefitting skills.  (Classes are two nights/week and some weekends)
  • State and nationally recognized certifications (NCCER Core Curriculum, OSHA 10, First Aid & CPR)
  • Access to mentors, job shadows, and one-on-one job/apprenticeship placement support
  • Weekly stipend to help cover transportation, child care, or other needs
  • All necessary materials, tools, and clothing

Among VWW’s partners in the training are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. Says IBEW Local 300 Training Director, Danielle Bombardier, “A career as a skilled tradesperson is well-paying and in high-demand; it’s also interesting, versatile, challenging, fun, and empowering. As technology and practices within our respective industries shift, so too must the culture. Women need to be part of the changing face of the trades.”

Women interested in this program should contact Missy Mackin at, 802-655-8900 x503 or visit

About Vermont Works for Women: The mission of Vermont Works for Women is to help women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. Its three strategic program areas are: moving women into employment success; investing in girls to empower the next generation; and advocating for large-scale culture change for women and girls. Learn more at


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *