|Apprenticeship Program||WomenQ4 2018||WomenQ4 2019||Percent increase|
|Roofers Local 33||9||16||77.7%|
|Pipefitters Local 537||10||16||60%|
|Elevator Constructors Local 41||2||3||50%|
|Sheet Metal Workers Local 17||14||19||35.7%|
|Boston Electricians Local 103||85||114||34%|
|Plumbers Local 12||27||35||29.6%|
2020 is a benchmark year for the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues. We set a goal of 20% by 2020, a high target intended to spur progress, after years of minimal progress under more moderate goals.
PGTI’s strategy of aiming high, implementing industry-informed best practices, and integrating supply and demand for diverse workers has more than moved the needle: from 2012 to present, the percent of women in MA union apprenticeship programs has increased every year. Today the percentage of women exceeds 20 percent in two union apprenticeships: the Boston Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 534 (21.9%) and the Hoisting and Portable Engineers Local 98 in Western MA (27.3%). Currently, 9.5% of all union apprentices in Massachusetts are women.
From 2018-2019, six apprenticeship programs increase their count of women by 20% or more. The licensed trades made key and significant gains: Pipefitters Local 537 increased by 60%, IBEW Local 103 by 34% and Plumbers Local 12 by 29.6%,
#20PercentNOW: Share your 20% achievements
Throughout this year, we will be highlighting programs and projects that have reached, exceeded or increased by 20% on “Twenty Percent Day,” a social media campaign in which we will release a new 20% statistic regularly to showcase progress of PGTI’s labor, apprenticeship and contractor partners. If you have a 20% achievement that you would like PGTI to highlight on “Twenty Percent Day,” please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.