Employees in Portland happily volunteered time at the 23rd annual Women in Trades (WIT) Career Fair, an education and networking event hosted by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in Portland.
The three-day Career Fair provided an opportunity to showcase and promote careers in the trades to young women. Each day was dedicated to a separate age group: middle school, high school, and women respectively. In all, over 1,400 girls from Oregon and Southwest Washington were exposed to the trade industry through training opportunities and conversations with employers and employees about potential career paths.
Employee volunteers hosted a hands-on stepping stones workshop, in collaboration with Oregon and SW Washington Cement Masons Apprenticeship. The workshop included a station for attendees to create decorative stepping stones from scratch by mixing and pouring concrete and adding colorful rocks and pebbles.
“It was great being able to provide a brief introduction to our business and what it means to self-perform concrete,” recalls employee volunteer Janie Lundin-Ledgerwood. “The first group of 24 young ladies were super excited about working with the concrete—some of them even turned their projects into Father’s Day gifts!”
By endorsing a field where women are heavily underrepresented, the goal of the Workshop was to encourage, empower, and inspire hundreds of young women about working in the field of construction and to educate them about the many different types of well-paying careers that are theirs for the taking.
One day, one of these bright young women may even become a part of the team!