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xNYS Department of Labor celebrates Women in Construction Week


Wed, Mar 6th 2024 07:15 pm

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is participating in Women in Construction Week, taking place March 3-9.

A press release stated, “Recent census data reveals that over 11,000 women are employed as construction workers within New York state, many of whom have honed their skills through NYSDOL’s registered apprenticeship programs. Currently, over 1,100 women are taking proactive steps through these programs to carve out their careers in the construction industry.”

NYSDOL Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “As we celebrate Women in Construction Week, it's vital to recognize and applaud the significant contributions of women in this field. The construction industry thrives on diversity, innovation and resilience, qualities that women have been demonstrating and enhancing in workplaces across New York state. By breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes, women in construction are not just building structures; they are also constructing a more inclusive and dynamic future for us all.”

President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council Gary LaBarbera said, “During this Women in Construction Week, we not only celebrate the critical role our tradeswomen play in the industry, but also recognize the work yet to be done to provide more women with the middle-class career opportunities available within unionized construction. Through the collaborative efforts of the trades, the NYSDOL and our stakeholders, we remain committed to breaking down barriers for all workers and fostering an environment that allows more women to thrive and lead in the construction sector.”

A press release stated, “Since its inception by the National Association of Women in Construction in 1998, Women in Construction Week has played a pivotal role in promoting the essential contributions of women to the construction sector. This year's theme, ‘Keys to the Future,’ emphasizes the strength, knowledge and indispensable role women hold in driving the industry forward.

“The NAWIC's initiatives have been instrumental in championing gender diversity, equity and inclusion within the construction sector. By spotlighting achievements and addressing the systemic barriers women encounter, these efforts have cultivated a more supportive environment that encourages the active participation and leadership of women in construction.

“The apprenticeship programs supported by NYSDOL play a pivotal role in this mission, offering women the training, mentorship and opportunities needed to thrive. These initiatives are vital for not only the personal and professional growth of women in the field, but also for ensuring the continued innovation and vitality of New York's construction industry.

“As we look to the future, NYSDOL is committed to further breaking down barriers and creating new opportunities for women in construction. Through continued collaboration with organizations like NAWIC, advocacy, and proactive policies, we aim to build an industry that truly reflects the diversity and values of New York state.”

Women interested in pursuing a career in construction can get started by learning more about registered apprenticeships.

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