Throughout March we've heard from women who are currently in various positions in construction — what attracted them to the industry, what motivates them and what their plans are for the future. While this may be our final post for Women in Construction month, 2018, we know that women won't quietly fade away into the woodwork, but rather are important contributors every day of the year. PullQuote-YouCanWith women only accounting for 9 percent of industry positions and an increasing workforce shortage, women just may be the heroes the construction industry needs. To keep the momentum going, we reached out to women in the industry and asked what tips they have for women in construction. Each of their responses included a resounding "yes! you can do it!" to share with women considering a career in construction. Thank you to the following empowering women for providing insight and advice: • Debbie Dickinson – CEO, Crane Industry Services • Katrina Kersch – COO, NCCER • Kristie Kelley – Workforce Development Coordinator and Recruiting Consultant, Gulf Power Company • Dr. Mittie Cannon – Manager of Workforce Development, Wood • Sara Flaherty-Lee – Director of Business Development and Operations, Blue Valley Construction Group In no particular order, eight tips for women in construction (and inspirational advice in general):PullQuote-MultipleCrafts 1.    Actions speak louder than words. Work hard and respect will follow. 2.    Be adaptable and open-minded. Take the opportunities that present themselves, and for those that don’t, actively pursue them! 3.    Figure out what you’re interested in. Learn multiple, relevant crafts, with your boots on the ground. 4.    Get involved in an association, whether it be the National Association of Women in Construction, ABC, AGC, Builders Association, etc. They provide tremendous resources including internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, advocacy, up-skills training and management opportunities, just to name a few. 5.    Create a solid foundation, be available and offer to mentor others as well. Establish yourself as a leader who serves. The more you give back, the more opportunities you’ll see in your own life. PullQuote-Leader6.    Stay up-to-date on the current trends and changes by reading blogs, magazines, books, etc. about various topics: commercial, residential, technology, design, products, green, economy, legal, safety, infrastructure and more. Knowledge is power. 7.    There is no one size fits all. Verify your employer provides personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits properly. 8.    Make sure to understand every aspect of the job. Choose your craft or career path and then plot a course for where you want to go and learn what you need. Share your advice below!

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  1. Jenna banks | Jun 14, 2018
    It's so encouraging to see women making their mark in 'traditionally' male-dominated industries. Construction is normally thought of as a male industry, yet there are 5 women listed on the 2018 Rich List who made their wealth in this industry , it shows that if you put your mind to something, nothing can stop you achieving your dreams.

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    NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.