Skilled Trades

The skilled trades generally fall within four main categories: construction, transportation, manufacturing, and services.

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National strategy for women in trades released

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) is releasing a National Strategy for Supporting Women in Trades. In 2019, CAF-FCA led a task force of more than 60 skilled trades stakeholders who came together to guide and inform a strategy to create measurable change for women’s representation in skilled trades careers in Canada. The industry-driven strategy has four measurable action items that are intended to generate awareness, trigger policy change, recognize best practices, and create skilled trade workplace environments where women’s representation increases.

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Hire Immigrants

Hire Immigrants help employers and immigrants work better together by curating innovative best practices in immigrant employment from a committed network of global employers and thought leaders. Their services include providing resources, networking opportunities, webinars, reports and more.

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Builders Code

The Builders Code sets a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites in BC. It defines an “Acceptable Worksite” as the starting point for reducing risk and ensuring a safe and productive environment for all workers. The Builders Code is intended to help construction employers communicate a reasonable, consistent behavior expectation to improve the safety, productivity and retention of skilled tradespeople, and reduce project risk.

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Skilled Trades Survival Guide

Tips and resources for women — or anyone — to find their place in the trades. Though there are many roadblocks to success in the trades, there are just as many ways around them. This article outlines a few of the different skills and resources that can help women, or anyone, survive on the often-rocky roads of trade work.

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Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters Millwrights and Allied Workers

In 2020, six non-renewable $1500 scholarships were available for female students enrolling in one of the following programs: Trades, Welder, Carpenter, Machinist, Powerline Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Construction/Industrial Technician, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Systems Engineering Technology, Power Engineering Technology, Instrumentation & Controls Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Chemical Control Engineering Technology. These scholarships are offered yearly.

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Build a Dream

Ontario-based Build a Dream works closely with industry and education to empower young women (grades 7 to 12) to pursue careers in fields where women are currently underrepresented. Specialized programming is delivered through Career Discovery Expos, Hands-on Camps & Workshops, highlighting Dream Maker Professional Females, and delivering Keynotes, Consulting & Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM).

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Teach girls bravery, not perfection

Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. Learn more from her TED Talks.

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Pride at Work Canada

Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au travail Canada empowers Canadian employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. They help private, public and nonprofit employers to create safer, more inclusive workplaces that recognize the skills of LGBTQ2+ people.

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Trades Training BC

Trades Training BC is a consortium of 15 BC public post-secondary educational institutions created to promote trades training in British Columbia. Trades Training BC’s primary function is to encourage students and others considering career retraining to explore trades as a viable career option.

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Canadian Women in Food

Canadian Women In Food prioritizes opportunities for members to market and promote their businesses; creates meaningful learning initiatives; engages with industry to unlock access; and supports a network of women serious about food.

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Women, welding, and a changing cultural landscape

There’s been a shift in America’s cultural landscape, and while the change has been a long time coming, it seems as if a seismic event happened at some point in late 2017. Politics, business, and art have all felt tremors as a litany of powerful men were exposed as criminally abusive bullies. Cosby, Weinstein, Spacey, Moore, Simmons, Lauer, Batali—apex predators at the top of the food chain whose ivory towers crumbled under the weight of their sins.

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QMUNITY

QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. They provide a safer space for LGBTQ2SAI+ people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included.

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