Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.
After a divorce a decade ago, Aly Martinez found herself back on the job market. She didn’t attend college and her options were seemingly limited. A friend suggested she look into the trades, and Aly applied to and was accepted for an apprenticeship with Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 613 in Atlanta.
“I was pretty handy around the house, but I never thought I would get into a career like this,” Aly said. “To be honest, I was afraid of working in the electrical industry. But once I got into the program, I was just amazed. I really enjoy my work.”
In 2014, Aly moved to St. Louis and became a member of IBEW Local 1. In her off time, she works as an instructor at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center teaching conduit bending.
In 2019, Aly’s daughter, Trinity, applied for and was accepted into Local 1’s apprenticeship program. She was inspired by her mother’s success.
“I know if I put in the time, I’ll be making good money and have good benefits,” she said. “Plus, it’s a lot of fun, and I love the brotherhood. Some of the best people you meet are those working with you on the jobsite.”
Aly hopes to inspire more women to find good jobs in the trades. She joined the executive board of Missouri Women in Trades, and helps women enter and succeed in careers in the building trades.