Skilled Trades

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

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Northern Lights Aero Foundation

By recognizing and celebrating accomplished women, our mission is to attract women, and inspire them to succeed in careers in aviation and aerospace. We will encourage those ambitions by engaging in outreach, facilitating mentorships, providing scholarship opportunities, and championing the values of diversity and inclusion.

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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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Impostor syndrome is genuine threat to women’s workplace advancement

So here’s my dirty little secret: I’m an impostor. There, I said it. It only took me 20 years and lots of sleepless nights worrying about what other people might think. But now that it’s out in the open, the truth, I believe, will set me free. What I’m talking about – for those business associates and friends who might be a bit nervous at this point – is the much-discussed “impostor syndrome.” That’s the phenomenon whereby high-achieving individuals think they don’t belong – that they’re frauds and it’s only a matter of time before everybody figures them out.

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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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#WomenWhoSlay – The Crane Life

One thing I have learned over the years as a crane operator is to own it and wear the title proudly.  I am a Red-Seal, Journeyman Mobile Crane Operator.  Sounds pretty badass, eh?  It wasn’t easy getting to this point, but I now recognize how lucky I am to call this my career.  That’s why I titled this blog #WomenWhoSlay; because there’s no shame in being proud of your accomplishments and being confident in your skills/abilities.    

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Skills Canada NL: Skilled Futures

YouTube video from Skills Canada NL that highlights their Skilled Futures program. This program lets students learn about various skilled careers through experiential learning and mentorship opportunities with expertise that deliver exciting content to engage and motivate youth. The program is being offered in-person and virtually.

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Build Together

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), is working towards a more accessible, equitable workplace in Canada, through Build Together, a workforce development program focused on the recruitment and retention of workers from underrepresented portions of the population. Diversity in organizations is increasingly respected as a fundamental characteristic of an organization’s ability to create an environment of involvement, respect, and connection – where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to create value. A better-skilled and more inclusive workforce are the keys to successful attraction and retention.

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WINSETT: The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology

The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) is an action-oriented, non-profit organization that aspires to recruit, retain and advance women in science, engineering, trades and technology (SETT). Vision:  A world where women participate fully in science, engineering, trades and technology. Mission: Through collaboration and partnership, the WinSETT Centre creates and fosters opportunities that encourage women to enter, stay and grow in SETT careers with the goals of maximizing Canada’s human resource potential, increasing innovation, and driving Canadian economic development.

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Women of Influence

Empowering women to advance today — while changing the narrative to create a more inclusive tomorrow. For more than 25 years, Women of Influence has been telling the unfiltered success stories of a diverse group of role models. They know that when it is done right, from the podium or the page, these stories not only inspire, educate, and connect — they start to redefine our perceptions of gender roles and abilities. They call this changing the narrative.  

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Province lags behind rest of country getting women into skilled trades

When it comes to women in the trades, New Brunswick has some work to do. “We are dead last as a province in the country, ” said Helene Savoie-Louis, director of MAPS Strategic Workforce Services, the non-profit that runs the New Boots: Progressing Women in Trades program.   According to Savoie-Louis, women make up about four percent of the workforce in trades. The national average is six to seven percent. She hopes to raise awareness through education and public events like “Try-A-Trade,” which was held at the community college in Dieppe on Friday.

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“My Desire for a Better Life, Overruled by Fear” Kathy’s story

Kathy Tuccaro never pictured herself as a heavy equipment operator, but a skilled trades program at Women Building Futures helped her take her life in a new direction. Although it wasn’t easy, Kathy got accepted into a heavy equipment operator program and now drives a massive truck in a mine in northern Alberta. “I love my job, and when I come to work, I think ‘Wow, I’m here no matter what I’ve been through.’ I’ve conquered.”

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Automotive News Canada: Where are the Women in Automotive

TORONTO — Maria Soklis didn’t have a typical automotive background when she was hired by General Motors in Switzerland, but she managed to work her way up in an industry dominated by men.  “I remember a guy saying: ‘I looked you up, and you don’t have an automotive background. … You’re going to fail.’ I said, ‘You’re going to work for me in a year.’  “And he worked for me in a year. I was that driven.”  Now president of Toronto-based Cox Automotive Canada, Soklis was among 15 executives and government officials who gathered in November at the inaugural Automotive News Canada Leading Women Panel.

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CONESTOGA

The School of Trades & Apprenticeship is the centre of apprenticeship and skills training in Canada’s Technology Triangle. Conestoga offers a comprehensive array of programs in the Construction, Motive Power, Industrial, and Service sectors in response to the needs of industry, and the growth in our local economy. Operating from campuses in Kitchener – Doon, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph as well as training facilities in Brantford and Ingersoll.

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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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Women of Steel learn welding basics

The nine were the first cohort of participants in the CWB Welding Foundation’s Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities program. Moncton was one of six locations across Canada hosting a 30-hour introductory course on welding for women, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program.

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TalentEgg

For current students and recent graduates, TalentEgg is a job board. It lists summer jobs, co-op jobs, and low-level jobs.

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The Women and Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum

The Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum is a forum for revolutionary leaders, risk-takers and agents of change to share and discuss practical approaches for advancing women into leadership roles in the Canadian automotive industry. We promote an atmosphere for the dissemination of knowledge from women leaders, employers and programs supporting these leaders and women who aspire to lead the industry themselves.

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Women in the crane industry

Three former chairs of the CRAC reflect on their careers, growing up in cranes, and their experiences as women in a male-dominated industry. Cranes and heavy construction have long been stereotyped as “men’s work,” and the demographics of the industry could enforce that perception. The industry is fairly dominated by men. But that perception is changing, as more and more women are establishing themselves as driving forces within their companies and within the industry as a whole.

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Orient Action

OrientAction is a French site that helps Canadians with career development and helps professionals stay on top of the latest news and trends, by offering articles and publications relevant to the labour market.

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