Skilled Trades Blog

Women are the Solution to Canada's Skilled Trades Shortage

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 1, 2017 12:00:40 PM

The trades in Canada face the threat of a major skilled trades shortage. Between 2014 and 2020 an expected 219,000 skilled trades workers will retire, leaving the workforce in a shortage. The labour shortage gap needs to be closed, and there is a group of people in Canada who traditionally haven't been turned to to solve this problem: women.

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Topics: Women in the trades

Where are the Women in Skilled Trades Industry Jobs?

Posted by Brad Dixon on Nov 26, 2015 2:29:34 PM

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Close your eyes and imagine a typical skilled tradesperson. We are willing to bet that you are picturing a man in a hard hat, work boots, jeans and a tool belt.

Not many people will picture a skilled tradeswoman, and that's because women only make up 5% of skilled trades workers in nationwide, according to Statistics Canada — and that's with 84% of people working in trades like hairstyling adnd aesthtics being women. So, where are the women in the skilled trades industry jobs?

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Topics: Women in the trades, Skilled Trades Myths

Introducing the Skilled Trades to Young Women in Niagara

Posted by Brad Dixon on Nov 21, 2014 3:11:34 PM

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We've been getting excited about the promotion of the skilled trades to young people across the country lately — and now it's happening in our own backyard! Yesterday, 180 Niagara Catholic District School Board high school students came together at Ball's Falls Conservation Centre for a skilled trades for women networking luncheon.

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Topics: Women in the trades, Skilled Trades

Busting Skilled Trades Myths: "Skilled Trades are for Men"

Posted by Brad Dixon on Jul 23, 2014 12:55:00 PM

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The skilled trades industry is an important part of our society and economy — trades people touch almost every aspect of our daily lives. They build our homes and our cars. They work in manufacturing, mining, oil and gas. Canada is depends on the skilled trades, they keep our country going.

That said, the skilled trades have gotten a bad reputation, and we aren't sure why. With myths like these spreading, it's no wonder Canada is suffering from a severe skilled trades shortage. And so, over the next few weeks, we are going to be exposing myths about the skilled trades and revealing the truth. 

 

Myth 3: Skilled trades jobs are for men

Traditionally, the skilled trades have been an industry dominated by men. Typically, less than 3% of all skilled trades workers are women, but that doesn't mean they don't belong. In fact, with the growing need for trades people, women are getting trained and certified and working alongside men in what have, in the past, been male-dominated fields.

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Topics: Women in the trades

Gas Technician Graduate Profile: Stephanie Freeze

Posted by Brad Dixon on Jun 11, 2014 9:37:00 AM

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At Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies, we are proud of all of our graduates and love sharing their stories. Stephanie Freeze hails from Milton and recently successfully graduated from the Full Gas Technician course at our Oakville campus. Here's what she had to say about her experience at the Halton Skilled Trades Academy, working in the industry and being a woman in the skilled trades.

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Topics: Gas Technician Careers, Women in the trades, Graduate Profile

Women in the Trades: Gas Technician Training

Posted by Brad Dixon on Apr 15, 2014 8:20:54 AM
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Topics: Ontario HVAC Training, Gas Technician Careers, Ontario Gas Technician, Women in the trades, Gas Technician, Hands On Learning, Ontario College of Trades, Ontario Gas Technician Training