On Wednesday, June 22, Miron Construction Co., Inc. welcomed 30 female students to its Neenah headquarters for the sixth annual Build Like a Girl event. The day-long program aims to showcase opportunities for women in the construction industry and combat both the severe lack of women in the field and the skills gap affecting the construction industry.
This free event is open to seventh to 10th grade girls interested in learning about careers in construction. The day included conversations with women in the industry, a tour of an active project site, and discussions surrounding topics such as typical wages in the industry, apprenticeship opportunities, and safety.
The program also encompassed Miron craftspeople walking participants through multiple hands-on activity stations at a temporary project site—masonry, where they constructed a brick wall; carpentry, where they assembled a Buddy Bench to be donated to local schools; and equipment operation, where they experienced what it’s like to operate heavy machinery, such as a crane or boom lift.
“A mere one percent of field laborers are women, and only 9.9 percent of the construction industry is comprised of women,” said Dave Walsh, executive vice president of human resources for Miron Construction. “These statistics show the lack of gender diversity within the industry. At Build Like a Girl, we give young women the chance to spend a day learning and participating in activities related to realistic careers, which helps to increase gender diversity in construction and fill the skilled trades gap with passionate and smart individuals. Miron is committed to the equitable inclusion of all traditionally marginalized groups and Build Like a Girl is just one way we consciously work to create lasting, impactful change to move us toward a more diverse workplace.”
To learn more, visit mironbuildlikeagirl.com.