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News » US » Home builders call for action to recruit more women » published 18 Sep 2018

Home builders call for action to recruit more women

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is calling for increased recruiting efforts such as pre-apprenticeship programs to help address the dearth of women in construction and the industry’s labor shortage.

NAHB said that its analysis of labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey shows that the share of women in the construction industry is currently at 9% although women make up almost half – 47% - of the total working population.

In recognition of Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week – which under way now, running from 17 to 21 September - members of NAHB are calling for an increase in recruiting efforts to attract women to the home-building industry. As the residential construction industry continues to grapple with a severe labor shortage, PWB members say bringing additional women into the construction labor force represents a potential opportunity for the future.

“Right now more than ever is the time for our industry to not only increase our recruitment efforts, but to also change the way we talk about careers in home building to show women this industry has so much to offer them,” said Judy Dinelle, chair of the NAHB PWB Council. “We need to help the public, guidance counselors and parents understand that the industry provides a high income, significant work values, job security and a sense of accomplishment.”

One of the ways PWB members hope to accomplish introducing more females to the industry is to create more pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the country and develop leadership paths within their organizations.

“We’ve seen examples of pre-apprenticeship programs that are really quite successful, so we need to replicate those programs and implement them into more communities across the country,” said Dinelle. “We should all promote and offer to help the programs and organizations that provide training for women. It’s our responsibility to put our words into action.”

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This article was published on 18 Sep 2018 (last updated on 18 Sep 2018).

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