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Preparing Solid Workers for a Great Career: YWCA Trade Journey


Employment & Learning, Trade Journey, YWCA News

Recruitment, screening, and selection activities are a critical beginning for the YWCA Trade Journey program. 

The next group of fifteen women will begin their sixteen week training on April 24, 2017. We can’t wait for the training to start!

The YWCA Trade Journey program uses a rigorous screening process.

Interested women attend an information session that provides details about working in the construction industry. The goal is to ensure women are making informed choices for a career that is a good fit for them.

The women who choose to move forward with an application go through a screening process that assesses core competencies. These are core competencies identified by our industry partners for success in trades.

First, the women hit the gym for a fitness assessment with one of our fitness consultants. Thanks to Fred and his team of YWCA fitness consultants!

The next step in the screening process is our “Taking the Step” tour. The tour provides a first hand look at what a construction site is (and isn’t).

On March 28, a group of 25 women interested in Trade Journey suited up in their safety equipment and headed to the site of the Children’s Hospital for a tour. We appreciate the invitation from Graham Construction. It was a great introduction to a real construction site.

After the tour, here is what a couple of the women had to say:

“I enjoyed being able to see some of the stages that were happening on each floor. Seeing all the guys and girls working made me excited to get my hands in there and start my own journey in the trades!”

“I am very determined to get into the trades and work alongside others proving not only to myself but to them that I have the ability and skills to get the job done and do it safely.”

The final step was a one-on-one interview with YWCA staff, and these wrapped up this week. The decisions were difficult, as there was a truly great group of women.

Our next group of 15 women have been selected and are ready to begin their journey to a new career path.

For more information about how the YWCA Trade Journey program prepares great workers for careers at with your construction company, visit our website.