ABC13 Who's Hiring Job Fair features ways women can break barriers and land a new career

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- March is Women's History Month, and ABC13 is talking about ways women can break barriers and break into non-traditional occupations.

Every week, ABC13 partners with Workforce Solutions to host a virtual job fair. The event features dozens of immediate-hire positions.

You can watch the full job fair in the video player above.

This week, we're highlighting an upcoming conference where women can learn about breaking barriers with careers in fields including welding, pipefitting and rigging. The conference is set for later in March in Galveston.

Currently, Construction Career Collaborative said in the Houston area, only 11% of construction jobs are filled by women. On Thursday, the agency hosted a "She Builds Houston" event at Alief ISD, where around a thousand female students got a hands-on lesson on construction.

"People think we're soft, but we're women," student Morgan Mckenzie said. "We're tough. We can pick up a hammer and build something."

Construction Career Collaborative executive director, Angela Robbins-Taylor explained if you're interested in construction, select a portion of it that interests you. There are community college programs to learn skills, but it may not be necessary.

"You can also reach out to Workforce Solutions," Robbins-Taylor said. "They will get you connected with many different contractors who are currently hiring who may have apprenticeship programs where you're not investing a penny, but someone investing in you."

Our virtual event also features jobs in a variety of fields including manufacturing, health care, and transportation.

During our weekly ABC13 Who's Hiring job fair, Workforce Solutions recruiters take calls, social media messages and applications through the state jobs site.
Employers participating in the event are looking to hire quickly, and applicants could receive an interview in days. Participants can also call the ABC13 hotline at (713) 243-6663, and get free career advice on a number of items including resume building, practice interviews, and ways to sign up for child care scholarships.

To preview the jobs, visit Workforce Solutions' website, and look for the "as seen on ABC13" section.

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