At MacDonald-Miller, we recognize that diversity and an inclusive culture are paramount to our success in the construction industry. One of the ways that we are actively growing our diverse team is through community engagement. As an advocate for inclusion in the construction industry, MacDonald-Miller has partnered with local community organizations to bring awareness to people who may not be aware of the incredible opportunities in the construction industry. We are currently partnered with several organizations including STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN), Washington STEM, Northwest Center, Rainier Scholars, Out in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM), and ANEW.
Founded in 1980, ANEW is a training, employment navigation, and support services program that serves the greater Seattle area. As an initial introduction to the trades, participants are provided with the skills needed to successfully apply to apprenticeship programs. With over 17 partnerships with apprenticeship programs in the Puget Sound Area, ANEW provides non-traditional career pathways for women and people of color into the construction and manufacturing industries. Currently, their offerings include programs for adults, youth rehabilitation, and youth career exploration. Organizations like ANEW provide excellent opportunities to learn about and get started in the construction industry.
Over the past year, MacMiller has supported ANEW in conducting mock job interviews, connecting with customers, hiring, and fundraising. We look forward to future partnership opportunities and hope that by working with ANEW, we can help inspire the next generation of sheet metal workers, plumbers, pipe fitters, service techs, and electricians!