By SHERI GASSAWAY
Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT) has been awarded a second grant from the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis to help fund a series of hands-on workshops to prepare women considering entering the construction trades with the survival skills they need.
Late last year, MoWIT received a $4,125 grant from the foundation to help launch the Construction Skills Survival program. The first series of workshops were focused specifically on women interested in becoming carpenters.
The second grant from the foundation will allow the organization to expand the program to other trades. The grant money helps fund a stipend for the journey-level teachers and necessary materials for the workshops.
“Apprentices are expected to hit the ground running, and women sometimes already have an experience gap compared to their male counterparts,” said Beth Barton, MoWIT president and member of Carpenters Local 1596. “These Saturday workshop events bring together early apprentices with seasoned tradeswomen for a day of hands-on skill building.”
The eight-hour weekend workshops are taught by journey-level tradeswomen and feature a small ratio of students to teachers to ensure success. They include a safety orientation and instruction on the use of hand and power tools and mechanical skills.
If you are interested in setting up a workshop for your trade, contact Barton at 636-926-6948.