Union electricians Michelle Abell (organizer) and Nicole Perez (apprentice) of IBEW Local 401 in Reno/Sparks.

Union electricians Michelle Abell (organizer) and Nicole Perez (apprentice) of IBEW Local 401 in Reno/Sparks.

It isn’t often that we see two economic problems that can solve each other.

The number of women in construction across the U.S. is stalled at just 9%. Meanwhile, the U.S. construction industry continues to struggle with workforce shortages—at times crippling—while the wage gap between men and women in nearly all sectors continues to put women at an economic disadvantage.

Paid apprenticeship programs in the union building and construction trades provide entry into one of the only career paths today where women and men earn equal wages from the start, by design, and in most areas, those wages are typically higher than other entry-level job opportunities. It seems like a no-brainer that putting focus and funding into recruiting women into the construction industry helps everyone—from local economies to the health of our communities to thousands of hardworking women.

Eight Reno/Sparks area tradeswomen at all stages of their careers talk about what it's like working as a woman in the building and construction trades.

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada is committed to increasing the number of women in Northern Nevada’s building and construction trades through targeted recruiting, training, support, and advancement.

If you’re an organization, community leader, or legislator interested in partnering on programming to increase and support women in construction in Northern Nevada, or you’re a woman working in the building and construction trades and want more information about local groups and programs for supporting and advancing women in the building and construction trades, contact us now.