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Hundreds Attend Metro Job Readiness Fair to Recruit Women for Construction Industry Jobs

Friday November 03, 2017

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the construction industry today held the “Women Build Metro Los Angeles Apprenticeship Readiness Fair” looking for women interested in joining their ranks in the Long Beach City College.

“With Measure M projects in the pipeline, Metro is taking employment opportunities to another level by offering women careers in the construction industry,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “Women considering construction jobs need all the help and support available. Metro is now showing them that the opportunity really exists.”

The readiness fair was for all job seekers but it was especially designed for women looking for quality jobs in the construction industry. Attendees were able to learn about trade union apprenticeships, they met prime contractors, filled out apprenticeship applications and talked to women who are working in the construction industry.

Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Janice Hahn welcomed attendees.

“Metro is building a 21th century transportation system here in L.A. County and that means there are good paying jobs available in the construction industry,” said Supervisor Hahn. “These are good jobs that can lead to good careers but for too long, women have been underrepresented in the field.”

Metro needs a first-class workforce to deliver its multimodal programs including construction projects efficiently, on time and on budget; and delivering safe, reliable public transit service. To meet these crucial needs, Metro needs to fill positions both inside Metro and in the outside construction industry through workforce development and a career pathway to top paying jobs.

“We know the barrier to entry the construction industry has historically been very high for women,” said Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. “Metro is well positioned to change that with so many projects in the planning pipeline.”

 There are several Measure M projects getting ready to begin construction, including the Gold Line Extension to Claremont, the Metro Airport Connector and the third section of the Purple Line Extension to Westwood.

“The transportation revolution taking place here in Metro is not only about building transit projects but about including women in the process,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Metro is looking for women to help us build the Los Angeles transportation network and this event helps them find out if a career in construction is what they are looking for.”

With these projects gearing up for construction, Metro’s workforce will also need to be increased in areas related to construction, including engineers, bus and rail operators, supervisors, managers, planners, office workers and other professional staff.

Metro partners at the Apprenticeship Readiness Fair that participated were Balfour Beatty Construction, SKANSKA, Build LACCD, the Electrical Training Institute of Southern California, Long Beach City College, the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council, PV Jobs and Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (W.I.N.T.E.R.), City of LA-EWDD, LA Conservation Corp., LATTC, IBEW Local 11, DCFS, Walsh Shea, Brother’s Keeper, Hensel Phelps, FOLA, PCL Construction, the Youth Build Institute and the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration.

Union Trades, private and public entities and agencies that participated were Laborers 1309, Building Trades, Flintridge Center, Sprinklers Fitters 709, IBEW 11, Cement Masons, Carpenters/Brother’s Keepers, Balfour Beatty, Walsh, PV Jobs, Modern Times, Metro, Plumbers Local 78, Iron Workers 416, UA Local 250, Steam & Pipefitters/Refrigeration, Metro Office of Talent Acquisition.

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines.  The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.                                                                                      

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