Girls-only Construction Camp to Showcase Career Opportunities

NEWS RELEASE

Sept. 19, 2023

The Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation (ICRF) estimates more than 1,100 new workers will be needed in Indiana’s construction industry by 2026 because of looming retirements and increased demand due to a statewide construction boom. 

Nationally, women make up only 11% of the construction workforce overall, and only 4% of field staff. But that’s changing. With the plethora of openings and jobs that pay an average of $24.90 an hour after six months and include health and vacation benefits, more women are looking to construction as a career.

In an effort to showcase the opportunities to young women in middle and high school, ICRF’s Build Your Future program is hosting a construction camp for girls Oct. 16-19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Area 31 Career Center, 1200 N. Girls School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46214. 

Participants will learn about construction trades, hear from women working in the industry, visit construction sites daily and gain hands-on experience with concrete, electricity and more. 

“For too long, parents, teachers and school systems held out a college degree as the golden ticket to financial freedom and success. Students – especially young women – didn’t realize they could make a six-figure salary in the building and trades,” said Macauley Wieland-Horning, K-12 coordinator at the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation and a former fifth grade teacher. “The first step is showing them the work and sharing about the amazing career opportunities they can find in construction.”

Registration information at bit.ly/462rric, and sponsorship details at forms.gle/fhwv7n9u5r2JG1qJ9.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Thomas, [email protected], 317-441-2487

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