The passage of Measure M in November of 2016 means that Metro Los Angeles is now engaged in the most massive public works program in the country — bringing more than 450,000 new construction-related jobs to the County!
During this historic hiring spree, Metro has made it a priority to encourage contractors to increase female participation in transportation-related jobs as they carry out Metro’s mission to build a transportation system for today, tomorrow and beyond.
As part of that commitment to increasing female hiring, Metro Board Director Sheila Kuehl is hosting the “Women Build Metro Los Angeles: Apprenticeship Readiness Fair” Saturday, April 21st in Van Nuys.
The Apprenticeship Readiness Fair is partnering with Women In Non-Traditional Work Roles (WINTER), an organization that trains, educates and prepares women and girls for transformative careers in the construction industry.
Participants will have an opportunity to meet with leaders in the transportation industry, learn about apprenticeships and other pathways to employment, and even gain hands-on experience.
Training Coordinators will be on hand to assist with applications for apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
This fantastic networking, recruiting and training opportunity is a great way to meet women who have made successful careers in this fast-paced, high-paying and rewarding industry. They did it, and so can you!
Last year, Supervisor Kuehl led the effort to establish an official report card-style grading system for Metro contractors on how well (or not) they meet female-hiring goals.
“We want to make it clear to all the contractors who work with Metro that increasing female utilization is a Board priority and that we are willing to sit down face to face with them to help them meet this goal. As a lifelong champion of women’s issues, I am particularly pleased to be investing in female achievement in the construction trades,” Kuehl said.