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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.


UPCOMING training

April 4 - May 21, 2022
Location: South Burlington, Vermont

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

TRailblazer's Application


Upcoming Information session

Thursday, January 20th, 7:00 - 8:00PM
Register on Zoom

Join VWW as we provide an overview of the Trailblazers program in anticipation of our class beginning on April 4th in South Burlington, VT. 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 available here. With any questions contact Devon James at 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 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



Thank you to our supporters

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