Events set to help women build future in construction trades

The construction sector may be in a trough right now, but these things are, of course, cyclical.

And Maine’s construction work force is aging (as are the work forces in many of our traditional sectors), and that all adds up to mean opportunity may be looming.

And it may loom for Maine women.

Women Unlimited is hosting its 2012 Career Options Fair in Augusta this Friday, from 1-5 p.m. at the Senator Inn. It’s free, and applicants are encouraged to bring resumes and letters of reference. According to a Monday release, in some cases, employers will be holding on-site interviews.

“For those interested in employment opportunities in the trades, the spring is a very important time of year,” said Women Unlimited’s Executive Director Lib Jamison in the release. “Maine has a relatively short construction season, companies do have openings they are looking to fill. Our goal with the Career Options Fair and Tradeswomen’s Conference is to bring employers together with applicants and introduce women to the wealth of trades-related opportunities here in Maine.”

Women Unlimited is a great organization, if you haven’t heard of it, which provides training classes around the state for Women seeking to get into the trades. According to its website, the group “ improves the financial independence of Maine women, minorities, and disadvantaged workers by providing training and access to jobs with livable wages for careers in trades, construction, technical, and transportation industries.”

And on Saturday, March 31, the Maine Tradeswomen’s Conference will be held from 8am-4pm, at the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta. Registration is just $10, and the conference is open to men and women and offers a hands-on way to try out the trades.
“We have workshops on everything from welding and rigging to hot top asphalt and how to use surveying tools,” said Jamison. “All the senses come into play, participants will really have an opportunity to get their hands dirty and experience the trades.”