‘Build like a Girl’ event aimed at getting more females in construction industry

This article was originally published by KWWL News on July 18, 2019,

Some eastern Iowa high schoolers got to build like girls today.

It’s all part of Miron Construction’s effort to get more women into the industry.

They’ve held this program a couple of times in Wisconsin but today was the first time Iowa girls got the opportunity to put on some hard hats and hit the construction zone.

Today was all about exposing the girls to the industry, letting them meet women currently working in construction and see how they can do it too.

The girls got a tour of a current cnstruction project, at the Coralville wastewater plant.

The high schoolers got to ask questions, work with the tools, and learn what the job looks like day to day.

Miron’s Vice President of Human Resources, Dave Walsh, said only about 5% of women currently work in construction and they hope events like this encourage more girls to join the trade.

“It’s a ripe opportunity for us to find new people to work in the industry and honestly the girls haven’t had this exposure. so it gives us the opportunity to show them, give them a hands-on opportunity while it’s just the girls so they don’t have to worry about showing off for anybody. So it’s just a bunch of girls working together,” said Walsh.

One of the girls at the event, a junior at Solon, Grace Scott said she signed up because she thinks it might be a good future career after being inspired by her father.

“My dad I guess since he’s a construction worker. I think it’s kind of cool, he builds the rooms in our basement and I thought that was pretty cool. He did it all himself and I was like, it would be good to know if I ever needed to do something like that in the future. It would just be fun to know,” said Scott.

The high schoolers also learned about carpentry, equipment operations, and learn about apprenticeship programs available to them.