For Women, a Path to Success in the Construction Industry | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Women in Construction, a New Workforce Development Program, Provides Women a Path to Success in the Construction Industry

At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, we’re proud to be expanding our Southern Dallas Thrives initiative by offering new workforce development programming. The new program, called Women in Construction, includes job training, supportive services, and job placement assistance for women, with a goal of creating a career pathway into the construction industry.

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Women in Construction, a partnership with Hilti North America, is just one of the ways we’re working to create opportunities for all North Texans. Workforce development is an important component of our income focus area, which—along with education and health—make up the building blocks of opportunity.

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Demand for Workforce Development

We’ve seen a significant opportunity for these types of workforce development programs in southern Dallas, where close to 30% of residents and 41% of children live in poverty, and the unemployment rate is more than triple that of Dallas County.

To address this disparity, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas partnered with PepsiCo Foundation and Frito-Lay North America to create Southern Dallas Thrives, an initiative that provides critical services and support to a community that has been disproportionately impacted by a variety of barriers to financial security, including long-term systematic racism.

Workforce development is a key component of Southern Dallas Thrives. Through Women in Construction, participants will gain job training in construction-related areas, as well as earn relevant industry certifications and training.

The broader goal of Women in Construction is to help women in southern Dallas, especially Black and Latinx women, access better paying, middle-skill jobs while also helping employers develop and maintain a diverse pipeline of skilled workers. The program is one way United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and its partners are working to improve workforce equity in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. This is an important focus area for us as we work toward our Aspire United 2030 Goals for the community. These goals include increasing by 20% the number of North Texas young adults who earn a living wage, which would add nearly $800 million in wages per year to the regional economy.

“Our overall goal with Southern Dallas Thrives is to create opportunities for long-term, sustainable economic mobility for families living in Southern Dallas”

Ashley Douglas, senior director of Southern Dallas Thrives at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

“Our overall goal with Southern Dallas Thrives is to create opportunities for long-term, sustainable economic mobility for families living in Southern Dallas,” said Ashley Douglas, senior director of Southern Dallas Thrives at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “We’re thrilled to offer Women in Construction as a way to empower women in Southern Dallas to succeed in an industry that is growing quickly and includes a variety of potential career paths, while also helping employers tap into a new pool of workers.”

“This program is a perfect fit with Hilti’s efforts to help our partners in construction find the best employees for the future—and this must include women in the trades,” said Martina McIsaac, Region Head and CEO of Hilti North America, which is headquartered in Plano. “We are planning a full engagement with Women in Construction, and we are excited to share our expertise with speakers, trainers, tools, networking opportunities and more.”

A certified National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) instructor is teaching curriculum for Women in Construction at Dallas College. The program covers key construction topics and skills in a variety of areas, including plumbing and electrical. It also includes job coaching, job placement assistance, employer referrals and training on soft skills, such as best practices for finding and retaining a job.

During the six-week course, participants also receive wrap-around services, including transportation assistance, housing resources, access to equipment and more. These services are designed to remove women’s barriers to completing the course and help encourage their long-term success.


Be Part of the Change in North Texas

Together, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the North Texas community can create opportunities for all of our neighbors to thrive. By providing people with the opportunity and access to achieve their full potential with workforce development programming, we make our city a better place for all.

Ready to join the movement to lift up your community? Donate now to support the Aspire United 2030 goals and sign up for our Advocacy Alerts to learn more about speaking up for equitable job opportunities in our community.

This article was published on: Jul 29, 2021