Workforce Development Pilot Initiatives

Our pledge 50/50 by 2030 is a pledge for equity in the trades and that means FULL equity. Therefore, in addition to increasing the number of women in the industry we must also address the challenges and problems that put people in the industry at a disadvantage.

COVID has disproportionately impacted women, especially women of color. CNN reported that in December 2020 employers cut 140,000 jobs.  All of those jobs were women; while men gained 16,000 jobs.  President Biden, just this week, noted that 2 million women have left the workforce within the past year due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Our solution is to create more pathways for women in the construction and manufacturing industry. We need more on-ramps for women in the trades and we need to take new approaches for training to address the widening gap for women. It is our goal to get women to work as quickly as possible. She Built This City is committed to addressing this problem with two pilot initiatives in 2021. 

Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship

Cohort Details: July ‘21 – October ‘21 – Tuesdays 6-9pm, Thursdays 6-9pm and Saturdays 9am – 12pm.

In conjunction with Moen, Three Way Plumbing and Lowe’s, SBTC will host an all woman 15 week, hands-on learning, pre-apprenticeship hosted at our Innovation Alley workshop in West Charlotte. In addition to hands-on instruction from industry veterans, site visits and guest speakers, all training participants will receive a weekly travel stipend, school age child supervision and job placement support.  

Sign up here.

Women’s Repair Crew

Cohort Details:  September ‘21 – SBTC will hire an initial crew of 5-6 women to train, learn and grow this model with us. 

Using virtual curriculum from Tradeskills U and hands-on learning experiences from SBTC core curriculum, we will work with participants to gain industry basic knowledge and real world experience through handy.com services.  Under the guidance of an experienced work crew leader, we will explore “handywoman” basics of plumbing, fixture installs, painting and other key areas that have seen a boom in this post-Pandemic society.  Participants will then be able to choose if / where they would like to specialize in two specific pathways: pursuing continued education with paid learning opportunities through formal apprenticeship placement or support in entrepreneurial efforts to continue as independent contractors under the handy.com platform.  Our curriculum will incorporate Soft Skills as well as Grow With Google Business training to prepare participants for effective business practices with a focus on entrepreneurship with specific focus on resources for minority and women owned businesses.

For more information, please contact LaToya Faustin, Executive Director: latoya.faustin@shebuiltthiscity.org