Trailblazers: Trades Training Program
Vermont Works for Women's Trailblazers is a free 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. Apply today!
August 16 - September 30, 2022
Location: South Burlington, VT
Trailblazers: Green will focus on preparing participants for jobs in renewable energy. They'll learn solar installation basics, get 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.
October 4 - November 17, 2022
Location: The MINT, Rutland, VT
Trailblazers Classic focuses on preparing participants for jobs construction and the trades. They'll learn core carpentry, construction, electrical and plumbing skills, get hands-on practice with the tools of the trade, and also hear from folks non-traditional career fields.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Vermont Works for Women, 32A Malletts Bay Ave, Winooski, VT 05404.
Upcoming Information sessionS
Trailblazers Rutland - Thursday August 11th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
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Trailblazers Rutland - Wednesday August 31st, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
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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 Jillian Scannell at email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
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- 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
Work with your hands and gain new skills
Expand the diversity of your workforce
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