The Puerto Rico Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCPR) has announced the creation of the Women in Construction Committee (WINC) to promote the inclusion of women and augment the female workforce in construction projects in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is the first of 89 chapters part of the AGC of America to establish a formal committee to foment female participation.
“AGCPR’s goal is to educate about topics of inclusion, equality, diversity in the projects, and to present work opportunities that are available for women in construction. Us women have a lot to contribute, and this is the ideal time to leave our mark in construction,” said Eng. Neyssa Varela, WINC president and the first woman to preside AGCPR.
The official launch of the WINC will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 8:00 am, during the session titled “Myths and realities of women in the construction industry” with the participation of:
-Lic. Luis Pabón Roca: Law of Equality of Opprotunity of Employment, Labor Laws, Woman in the Construction Industry, Contracts for Federal Projects, Requirements of the Participation of the Woman
-Dr. Judith Monrouzeau: Human Resources director BLDM
-Cely Inés Torres: director of the Incentive program for Employers who train and hire under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
It is expected in the coming years, as a result of the reconstruction federal funds that are assigned to Puerto Rico, that employment within the construction industry will augment to 100,000 employments. AGCPR, who’s objective is to maximize work opportunities for businesses and Puerto Rican workforce, is energetically promoting initiatives to train new workforce and open the door to female workforce to satisfy the demand.
“We want to rebuild Puerto Rico with Puerto Rican minds and hands, giving the opportunity to men and women on the island to have employment and progress,” said Eng. Alejandro Abrams, president of the AGCPR. The Association is already has collaboration agreements to train workforce with the Education Department, the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, the Ana G. Mendez University, and Habitat for Humanity.
WINC is composed of women preceding from all construction sectors, from general contractors, up to material and equipment suppliers. For more information about WINC, or to join the committee, please call 787-781-2200.
With more than 300 members, the AGC-PR is the association and the main voice of the construction industry in Puerto Rico since 1963. The organization generates 80% of the economic activity in the construction industry of the island.