Why the Trades?
What do the trades have to offer me?
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
of workers in the US construction trade are women
of construction trade workers in NC are women- the same since the 1970s
is the amount of a man's dollar that women earn in the trades- the smallest gender wage gap in the US
of the top 100 contracting companies in the US have women in executive roles
is the projected growth in employment that the construction trade will experience in the next 10 years
Hear from some alumnae!
“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.”
“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.”
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to have trained 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.”