Apprenticeship program boosts the number of women construction workers

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) recruits and trains about 225 women a year to enter apprentice programs offered by New York City’s construction unions. The unions recently increased the portion of apprentice slots reserved for women, and most are filled by NEW graduates. NEW "does an outstanding job of advocating these careers for women," according to Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York.