Published On: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Original Publisher: Carpenter Contractor Trust (CCT)
The goal of this program is to provide young women with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge within the construction industry and educate them about the endless possibilities that are available to them by pursuing the trades.
Author: Mike Hand, Senior Area Manager, Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) hosted its annual Mentoring Young Women in Construction (MyWIC) camp at the Carpenters Training Facility of Philadelphia. Young women in 7th – 12th grade had the opportunity to learn about the construction industry as well as the basics of carpentry, electrical work and painting through hands-on activities and workshops during a six-day camp this June.
Many young women are unaware that a career in construction can be extremely fun and financially rewarding. The goal of this program is to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge within the construction industry and educate them about the endless possibilities that are available to them by pursuing the trades. “It’s important that they know it’s not just swinging a hammer, but there are other areas of opportunity within the field of carpentry for them.” Layla Bibi, Local 158 Council Representative and speaker at this year’s MYWIC Camp.
During the camp the young women have many activities to further their experience including mentorship, guest speakers and hands on projects. Members of NAWIC provide mentorship opportunities and show the women what they can aspire to within the industry. Speakers included Sisters at all levels from an apprentice to an owner of a construction company.
To begin their exploration of carpentry, they were fully equipped with hardhats, tools, a toolbelt, boots and safety vests. The young women work for 8 hours at the training center and experience what it’s like to work on a real project during the program. They go to classes where they learn to make notes, create print and go to the shop where they cut and assemble their final projects.
To learn more about the Mentoring Young Women in Construction Camp: https://www.nawicphl.org/mywic