Report identifies some causes, solutions to lack of women in the construction workforce

In a study funded by the city of Portland, Oregon, and The Portland Metro Workforce Development Board and conducted by nonprofits and consultants such as Portland State University and Oregon Tradeswomen, researchers found that there are significant barriers keeping women and minorities out of the city’s construction trades workforce despite increased demand. The study’s authors recommended consistent funding of pre-apprenticeship programs and increased efforts to move individuals to apprenticeships; more community outreach efforts; elimination of hostile jobsite cultures through training; formal mentoring programs; enforcement of contract goals with consequences for noncompliance and more investment in developing a regional construction worker pipeline.

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