Document Type

Research Report

Publication Date



This manual is a work in progress. It is produced by the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI), a regional collaboration of researchers, government agencies, unions, community-based organizations, developers and contractors committed to increasing access for women and people of color to good paying careers in the construction trades. Our goal is to make our shared efforts and experiences helpful to industry leaders who share our commitment. It is based on best practices developed on major projects that came close, met, or exceeded workforce hiring goals. This manual and additional resources are available online at on the PGTI website at . There is also a comment section. We look forward to receiving feedback from users that will help us improve the tools contained here. The Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI) is a regional collaboration of stakeholders working together since 2008 to crush the barriers to women’s access to good paying careers in the construction trades. Participants include tradeswomen, regional and local political leaders, representatives from state and federal government agencies, union and contractor representatives, staff from pre-apprentice programs, community-based organizations (CBOs) and other interested parties. Participants meet every other month to build relationships and share information across silos of expertise, to identify points of intervention that will get women into training and jobs and support high retention rates for women in the trades. Our focus on women explicitly supports efforts to increase all forms of diversity in the construction industry. In urban areas, as many as half of the women entering the trades are women of color. This demographic fact means that bringing more women into the trades addresses economic inequalities of both gender and race. As the industry opens up to women and people of color, the culture of workplaces is improving for all.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.