At technical colleges throughout the state, more women are enrolling in trades classes. Madison Area Technical College reports that about a third of the students in their welding certificate program are women. The shortage of skilled workers has caused the Trades to increase recruiting to bring in and train good people, including women. And more women are attracted to the Trades due to plentiful jobs with excellent pay and benefits. This video from Building Wisconsin TV features welding and fabrication training along with the pipe trades apprenticeship programs offered by Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 400. Also, Maddy DeJardin talks about training with Local 400 and her experience with their Youth Apprenticeship program.

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