The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released information revealing that only 9 percent of the construction workforce is made up of women. This is even though women make up a total of 47 percent of the working population. Female construction employment rose to around 970 thousand in 2017, but is still lower than the pre-recession level of 1.1 million in 2007.

The NAHB is honoring Professional Women in Building Week (PWB) from September 17-21, by calling for an increase in recruiting women to the home building industry. PWB members are calling for women to end the labor shortage.

“Right now more than ever is the time for our industry to not only increase our recruitment efforts, but to also change the way we talk about careers in home building to show women this industry has so much to offer them,” says Judy Dinelle, CAPS, CGP, chair of the NAHB PWB Council. “We need to help the public, guidance counselors and parents understand that the industry provides a high income, significant work values, job security and a sense of accomplishment.”

The PWB hopes to attract more women to the industry by creating more pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the country and developing leadership paths within their organization.

“We’ve seen examples of pre-apprenticeship programs that are really quite successful, so we need to replicate those programs and implement them into more communities across the country,” says Dinelle. “We should all promote and offer to help the programs and organizations that provide training for women. It’s our responsibility to put our words into action.”

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