Ascend is a Pan-Asian business professional membership organization in North America. Their mission is to drive workplace and societal impact by developing and elevating all Asian and Pacific Islander (API) I business leaders and empowering them to become catalysts for change.
The skilled trades generally fall within four main categories: construction, transportation, manufacturing, and services.
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There are excellent opportunities for immigrants in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program, or you may have significant experience in a trade and be interested in obtaining certification. The Agency is committed to engage with communities and organizations to connect newcomers to opportunities in the skilled trades.
Canadian labour union Unifor and Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada have come together on an initiative that will provide 15 new $2,000 scholarships for women enrolled in Sheridan College’s skilled trades programs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has gendered effects. Women, especially women of colour, Indigenous women, and low-income women, are particularly susceptible to contracting the disease, as well as to economic instability and curtailed access to services and resources. Trans and gender diverse peoples also face heightened risks due to widespread discrimination and stigma. However, there is some evidence that men are more likely than women to be seriously ill and die from COVID-19 in part due to gendered norms such as higher rates of smoking amongst men. Below is a list of gendered impacts. More information can be found in the linked primer.
If it were to name a few industries where women were under-represented throughout time, the automotive industry would most likely place among the top tier. Despite preconceived notions about gender division of labour, however, a few individual figures have challenged the status-quo throughout time, thus paving the way for today’s more liberal view on the matter. As a result, we can now see more opportunities for women in once male-dominated sectors. The automotive industry has its own pioneers, some of whom I’d like to present more in detail throughout this article.
DAWN Canada was founded in 1985 following a meeting between seventeen women from across Canada who came together to discuss issues of mutual concern. Women with disabilities face many barriers. Indigenous women, LGBTQ, older women, women of colour or immigrant women encounter even more discrimination and more barriers.
Moving forward, employer-provided child care could also influence where we work. Employers that provide high-quality childcare will not only differentiate themselves from the competition but will also create a “sticky” benefit that fosters retention. Employees are less likely to move to a new job if it also means moving their childcare from an environment they love and trust.
While Canada’s mining industry has long been a male-dominated sector, strides forward are being made to promote the greater inclusion of women. Mining companies across the country are increasingly seeing women in senior leadership roles and working at the site level, but there is still work to be done to ensure that their meaningful participation in the sector is prioritized.
Lerato Baloyi is currently the only female agricultural equipment technician employed by John Deere Sub-Saharan Africa. Siyanda Sishuba spoke to the 29-year-old Baloyi about her often-challenging journey in this male-dominated industry, and her passion for her career.
Ashley Duncan has accomplished a lot at 29. In an industry that has struggled to increase the number of women workers, Duncan has climbed the ranks. The Coquitlam, B.C. native currently works in Vancouver as vice-president of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 118 — the Insulators’ first female VP in Canada.
Future Skills Centre aims to help all Canadians benefit from effective skills development, and seek to ensure an inclusive approach to supporting underserved groups such as women, youth, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, racialized peoples, LGBTQ2S+ peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans, and Canadians living in rural, remote, and Northern communities.
Having a diverse workforce brings value to the company. Organizations expose themselves to risk when they don’t have a diverse workforce. A lack of diversity could make it difficult for them to hire and retain talent or they could face reputational risk. If diverse employees don’t feel they can be their authentic selves, their mental health could suffer and lead to absenteeism and disability. Here is how employers can create a more inclusive work culture.
The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization to empower and support all Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario through research, advocacy, policy development and programs that focus on local, regional and provincial activities.
This report describes experiential learning opportunities in high school for students interested in learning about the skilled trades.
For career professionals to adequately support LGBTQ2+ jobseekers, they must understand the challenges and barriers this client group can face, as well the immense diversity that exists within it. It is important to be aware of effective and appropriate communication and resources that may benefit clients. Celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community by building your knowledge through the guides, toolkits, organizations and more shared in this article.
Users who are proficient in the use of assistive technology are well positioned to identify digital accessibility barriers. This talent is a grossly undervalued resource and as such, tends to be mismanaged.
The HVACR industry has been steadily growing for a few years now. HVACR systems, like air conditioners, heat pumps, ventilation systems, and refrigerators, are widely sought after because they make people’s lives immensely comfortable. There is a strong demand for HVACR products and services. Here are some educational institutions in Canada that offer HVACR courses.
Women’s Network PEI is celebrating a step in the right direction towards its goal of gender equality in the trades. The group’s program, called Trade HERizons, helps women explore a possible career in carpentry, welding and plumbing. It started in 2010, and a new study suggests that equality in the trades field will exist on the Island a lot sooner than before the program was in place. The group collected the numbers of women enrolled in trades programs at Holland College over those years.