Voices in the Trades

Explore different perspectives within the skilled trades and Ferguson partnerships to advance workforce development.

The urgent need for highly skilled workers is expanding opportunities for women and underrepresented groups to enter the skilled trades. At Ferguson, we understand that different people face unique obstacles as they forge their path. To celebrate their success, we’re featuring perspectives and advice from women in their own words with Voices in the Trades.

Ferguson partnerships

We’re proud to champion trade organizations and nonprofits working to close the skills gap across the U.S. Learn how Ferguson partnerships advance workforce development in the skilled trades.

Women in Plumbing and Piping

As a founding sponsor to Women in Plumbing and Piping (WiPP), Ferguson is committed to shaping a more inclusive future for the skilled trades. The WiPP initiative provides mentorship, education, networking and recognition to equip women with the tools they need to excel.

The National Association of Women in Construction

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) helps women become leaders by providing members with education, community and advocacy. As a NAWIC supporter, Ferguson has donated materials for hands-on learning projects that include building and wiring lamps, pouring concrete and building little free libraries.

Explore the Trades

Ferguson partnered with Explore the Trades to create a skills lab program that supports career and technical education high schools across the nation. Explore the Trades is helping develop the next generation of skilled workers for plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical.

Get started in the skilled trades

Take your next step with guides on how to get your start as an HVAC technician, electrician or plumber in your state.