Case Studies

Chicago Women in Trades

Organization:Chicago Women in Trades

Benefit:Diversity

Building Pathways Inc. (BPI), a six-week pre-apprenticeship training program set up by the Boston Building Trades Unions, was founded to diversify their membership and ensure a skilled construction workforce. BPI knows that women graduates may face additional scrutiny in seeking RAP opportunities and prepares participants for the skills and training they will need to succeed in a construction apprenticeship. BPI’s rigorous training includes a basic understanding of construction math, tool recognition and use, measuring, and blueprint reading as well as hands-on experience at union apprenticeship programs and active construction sites. BPI has an agreement with the building trades that gives program graduates priority when new apprenticeships become available, which has led to a sizable increase in the number of female apprentices in Massachusetts.