This summer, from June 18-20 and June 25-27, the Step Up to Construction Bootcamp will be held at the Windham Regional Career Center. It is being organized by Vermont Works for Women, a nonprofit that “helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence.” The bootcamp is a forty-hour training program that aims to train women of any age to pursue careers in residential and commercial construction. It will teach women skills such as:
- Construction math
- Blueprint reading
- OSHA basic safety certification
- Materials identification
- Concrete form work
- And much more
The program will will teach participants job readiness skills and how to work as a woman in a typically male-dominated field. It will also give partcipants opportunities to shadow at a local construction site. Much of this is done through the help of local employer partners such as Bread Loaf Corporation, PCL Civil Contractors, and several others. The program will use the Career Center’s construction facilities and workshop. The bootcamp will cost $350, though scholarships are available and interested people are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more information, head over to the Step Up to Construction website.