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Trailblazers: Women in the Construction Trades

Vermont Works for Women's Trailblazers is a training program to support the entry and success of women and gender non-conforming 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. 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 non-conforming individuals ages 16+, no experience necessary! Students enrolled in high school and/or tech centers are encouraged to apply.


current training

September 27 - November 13, 2021
Location: The MINT, Rutland's Makerspace, 112 Quality Ln, Rutland, VT 05701

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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 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





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


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