L.A. Metro Friday invited women interested in construction and transportation careers to a free virtual meeting over Zoom.

“Women Build Metro Los Angeles” will share opportunities for women to prosper in building vital projects throughout the county. Attendees will meet prime contractors, job coordinators, leaders of apprenticeship training programs and recruiters from trade unions, among others. Other women in trade unions will share daily work life experiences as construction workers.

The Zoom event will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Women make up less than 3% of the construction force in L.A. County, and Metro is dedicated to increasing that number through recruiting, educating and supporting women’s entry as union laborers and prime contractors.

Metro says construction jobs give women opportunities to excel physically and intellectually, and that they can chart their own career paths in the field. The WBMLA program was founded in support of Metro’s Project Labor Agreements — collective bargaining agreements with labor groups, specifying terms and conditions of employment for construction projects. The program operates in conjunction with Metro’s Construction Careers Policy, encouraging construction employment and training opportunities for residents in economically disadvantaged areas.

Metro’s Vision 2028 Strategic Plan incorporates WBMLA to help improve mobility in L.A. County.

Metro produced an informational video for interested women with a preliminary understanding of the benefits of the program at youtu.be/A4WV0sYpfRY. Additional information about the program is available at metro.net/about/wbmla.

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