On Friday, Aug. 10, Miron Construction Co., Inc. welcomed more than a dozen female Wisconsin students to its Madison office for Build Like a Girl.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up less than two percent of the construction industry nationally. Build Like a Girl showcases opportunities for women in the construction industry and combats both the severe lack of women in the field and the skills gap affecting the industry as a whole. This was the first time Miron hosted the event in Madison.
The free event was open to seventh to 10th grade girls interested in learning about careers in construction. Participant activities included a panel discussion with women in the industry, a tour of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nicholas Recreation Center project construction site and discussions surrounding topics such as typical wages in the industry, apprenticeship opportunities, and safety.
During the program Miron’s skilled tradespeople also walked participants through multiple hands-on stations:
- Carpentry and concrete where they learned how to frame a wall and pour concrete
- Equipment operation, where students experienced what it’s like to operate heavy machinery such as a boom lift and crane
Build Like a Girl has taken place at Miron’s corporate headquarters in Neenah for the past three years. To learn more about the event and to stay up-to-date on 2019 registration, visit miron-construction.com/build-like-a-girl.