The Transportation & Construction GIRL Day is an annual event hosted by the HOYA Foundation to introduce young women to the career opportunities available in the transportation and construction industries. Companies from all corners of the industry were in attendance. Most had stations for girls to walk through to learn more about what each organization does. Girls ranging in age from 12 to 19 had the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and discussions with transportation and construction professionals to identify what may spark their interest.
Women from several departments throughout Encore Electric attended the event to inspire the next generation of women interested in the electrical trade. Team members from a variety of career backgrounds, including an electrician, project engineer, human resources, and more, shared their thoughts on joining Encore Electric.
The Encore Electric team presented a few options for girls to learn more about the trade, including the Encore Electric mobile escape room and an opportunity to explore virtual project blueprints with a project engineer.
“It’s great seeing the girls get excited and realizing ‘I can do this,’” said Encore Electric Foreman Emily McCurley. “We’re giving them a tangible experience with technology that’s in their homes and that they see every day, showing them that it is accessible and something they are totally capable of working with.”
“It’s exciting to see so many girls become empowered to explore different career opportunities through programs like this,” said Heather Ruddy, Encore Electric Compliance and Information Governance Risk Manager. “They’re seeing that the sky is the limit for them.”
The Encore Electric team connected with the girls at the event, sharing their wide range of industry experience and empowering them to investigate careers in an industry that they may not normally be encouraged to explore.
“When I was young I wasn’t given an opportunity to learn about the trades,” said Encore Electric Recruiter Gabbie Caputo. “I still ended up in construction, and it would have been so beneficial for me to be exposed to this earlier.”