Why the Trades?

What do the trades have to offer me?

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  • The trades offer opportunities to grow in your career and even potentially own your own business

  • The construction industry is fast-growing and offers women the opportunity to earn and gain access to a living wage right away 

    • The current median wage in the US is $18 per hour ​

  • Jobs in the trades allow for a lot of benefits that are selling points for many individuals, including:

    • You get to work with your hands ​

    • Some jobs allow you to be creative with your work 

    • Most jobs allow you to work outside, and mobility has been a benefit a lot of trades workers enjoy 

  • You get the satisfaction of see the final product of your work 

  • For most, trades education can be done while acquiring minimal or no debt 

  • This industry has the lowest gender wage gap in the US  

Statistics

10%

of workers in the US construction trade are women

4%

of construction trade workers in NC are women- the same since the 1970s

97¢

is the amount of a man's dollar that women earn in the trades- the smallest gender wage gap in the US

44%

of the top 100 contracting companies in the US have women in executive roles 

5%

is the projected growth in employment that the construction trade will experience in the next 10 years

Hear from some alumnae!

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Meet Emily!

Carpenter 

“The trades training program at Hope Renovations was fundamental towards starting my career in construction. I felt confident in the knowledge I received and supported in the sisterhood that reinforced my every move.”

Meet Yesenia!

Electrical Apprentice

 “Before coming to Hope Renovations, I was a little scared and had lots of doubts because I grew up thinking that women didn’t belong in the trades. Hope Renovations helped me come to realize that the trades is where I belong and where I want to be.”

Meet Martrisha

Entrepreneur 

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to train with Hope Renovations! I gained carpentry skills, team building skills, a basic understanding of how various trades work, and the confidence I needed to become a tradeswoman and entrepreneur.”

Think the Trades are for You?

Learn about our free 10-week Women's Trades Training Program here!