Vermont Works for Women offers trades training program

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Vermont Works for Women offers trades training program

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 4:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 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. 

Upcoming training date and location:

March 2 – May 2, 2020 at North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Hall, 5 Gregory Drive, South Burlington
Info session: Tuesday, January 28th at 5:30pm at the Carpenters Hall

“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 Rhoni Basden, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women. “We look forward to introducing participants to women who are thriving in these fields!”

The training is to open to women and female-identifying individuals 16 years or older, no experience necessary. The program includes:

  • 10 weeks of classroom and hands-on training, led by women, covering core construction and basic electrical, plumbing and pipefitting, and solar skills.  (Classes are two nights/week and Saturdays.)
  • 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.
  • Tool set upon program completion; work boots; access to financial assistance.
  • Scholarships available.

VWW’s partner in the training is the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. "For too long women have not been afforded the opportunity to have access to a career in the construction trades, " says Kim Hokanson, Vermont Business Representative for NASRCC. "Now, women of all races, ages, shapes, and sizes are taking the field by storm.  It’s long overdue that women are able to access the same quality pay, healthcare, and pension as our male counterparts.  Regardless of gender, union carpenters have the backing of the union to have a successful career and to retire with dignity."
Women interested in this program should contact Elise Greaves at 802-655-8900 x 126 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

Source: WINOOSKI, VERMONT / January 9, 2020 - Vermont Works for Women