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Trailblazers: Trades Training Program

Vermont Works for Women's Trailblazers is a training program to support the entry and success of women and gender-expansive individuals in construction and the trades. For participants, it is an opportunity to obtain or increase skills and certifications for jobs that are in high demand, and gain access to a viable pathway to employment. For employers, it is a way to develop existing staff and identify new candidates to fill critical job openings.

Trailblazers is open to women and gender-expansive individuals ages 16+, no experience necessary! Students enrolled in high school and/or tech centers are encouraged to apply - tech center students should also check out our career exploration and professional skills development program Youth@Work.

UPCOMING trainings


August 15, 2022
Announcing an all-new Trailblazers: Green
Location: South Burlington, VT

Trailblazers: Green will focus on preparing participants for jobs in renewable energy. They'll learn solar installation basics, gets hands-on practice with the tools of the trade, and also hear from folks in wind energy, biomass, and weatherization about the many available jobs in these growing fields.

Fall 2022
Location: Rutland, Vermont at The MINT

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for both Trailblazers cohorts. Upon receiving your application, a staff member will be in touch regarding the next steps. Send completed applications djames@vtworksforwomen.org or mail to: Vermont Works for Women, 32A Malletts Bay Ave, Winooski, VT 05404.

TRailblazers Application

 

Upcoming Information session

Thursday, June 30, 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Register on Zoom

Join VWW as we provide an overview of our all-new Trailblazers: Green program in anticipation of our class in August. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what this program has to offer. Trailblazers is available to all women and people marginalized for their gender identity age 16 and up, with no prior experience in the trades necessary. Please take a look at our FAQ page. With any questions contact Devon James at djames@vtworksforwomen.org. We hope to see you there!

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Training includes:

  • 7 weeks of hands-on training (held evenings and Saturdays) taught by NCCER Certified female instructors, covering core construction; OSHA10; electrical, plumbing, and manufacturing basics; and including a 3-week work experience with a local employer
  • Access to VWW Employment and Career Services staff, mentors, job shadows, on-the-job training, and one-on-one job/apprenticeship placement support
  • A safe, non-judgmental environment for individuals to build skills, gain confidence and explore fields that tend to be male-dominated, but where research shows time and again women have equal abilities to thrive and succeed
  • Scholarships available through VSAC

 

Benefits

For Trailblazers

For EMPLOYERS

Work with your hands and gain new skills
Access jobs in high-demand sectors
Start a career path with good pay, benefits, and job security

Expand the diversity of your workforce
Increase their skills and certifications
Build a pipeline of female talent

 

Thank you to our supporters: Dovetail Workwear, Encore Renewable Energy, VLITE, KEEN Utility, Carpenters Union, TD Charitable Foundation, and Canaday Family Charitable Trust

I walked away with new skills I can apply in my everyday life, and I now feel more confident to explore a possible career in the trades. The participants and teachers were all excellent as well!

Trailblazers Rutland 2021 Participant

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