This spring, the first ‘All-Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program’ of The Tuolumne Collaborative commenced with twelve hard working, determined women. The goal of the program was to help break through employment barriers, while supporting local residents’ and allowing them access to career pathways and competitive paying jobs. The all-female cohort received hands-on training and instruction in industry certifications including: OSHA-10, fall protection, traffic control/flagging, confined space, First Aid/CPR, aerial lift, storm water pollution prevention, scaffold user safety and pneumatic power tools operation.
Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc. is truly honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s endeavors to engage more women to enter the construction trades. Throughout the program, we were fortunate enough to get to know the women in the Tuolumne Training Cohort and we are grateful that we had the opportunity to share some information about our company and our experiences within the construction industry with those in the program.
We recognize that the success of this program is a result of strong partnerships with community organizations, local government agencies, unions and contractors like Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc., so for us, it was a privilege to be a part of this exciting program. On March 31, 2017, SMCI was honored to attend the graduation ceremony for all twelve of the trainees who successfully completed the training. And today we are ecstatic to announce that we’ve welcomed two of the women from the program to join our SMCI team. Sierra Mountain believes that our strength lies within our team of highly skilled, driven individuals with the robust experience and strong interpersonal skills required in today’s marketplace and we know that the two newest members of our team will be an outstanding addition, carrying out our company’s values by providing quality work at every job. We are thrilled for the opportunities available for these women who are looking to build a better future for themselves and their families and are so excited for what the future holds for them and this phenomenal program.