Renton company working to make the construction industry more diverse
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There is an ever-increasing need for skilled tradesmen and women in the construction industry. CITC is driven by the concepts of equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workforce, as such, we believe that by partnering with employers we can help employers diversify their workforce. We do this by refocusing our recruitment and retention efforts on female talent.
CITC pays particular attention to help women see career opportunities available to them that they may not have realized existed. By exposing women to on-the-job training opportunities, our goal is to equip these women with the technical and practical assets they need to jumpstart a successful career in construction. By focusing on women we assist emerging female talent in securing a space where their skills, knowledge, and abilities are recognized and ultimately rewarded.
CITC understands that inclusive workforces are the key to innovation. To meet an increasingly diverse pool of consumers, the skilled workforce that CITC supports must be equally diverse.
ANEW’s mission is to improve people’s lives by providing quality training, employment navigation, and supportive services leading to successful family wage careers.
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