Many trades like construction, automotive, heavy equipment, and welding are male-dominated fields. In fact, according to, females in these types of fields make up just 3-6% of the workforce, depending on the industry. With a continued need for skilled workers nationwide, this presents a great opportunity for women to help fill these gaps.

March is known as Women in the Trades Month, and we’re taking the opportunity to introduce you to some of our female students who are breaking the gender stereotypes in these fields. Emiley Filuta is one of them, a senior in the Automotive program at Robert H. Gibson Technical School from Troy City School District. Emiley participated in our Youth Apprenticeship Program last summer where she received 200 hours of paid, on-the-job training. She and her employer, Rensselaer Honda, share their experience with the Youth Apprenticeship Program.


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