With skilled trades career opportunities being at an all-time high in Canada, Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades are seeing more women coming to us for the education they need for the job they want
We Can Do It
During World War II, Rosie the Riveter encouraged women to join the skilled trades workforce while the men were overseas. Now, in 2014, the skilled trades are still a primarily male-dominated field.
Women Entering the Trades
Although statistics show that the number of female apprentices has increased by 528% in the past decade, the skilled trades are far from even. The number of women in industry trades is still around 3%.
The average age of trade workers is 55, meaning that soon, the majority of the workforce will be heading for retirement, opening up tons of employment opportunities for young graduates. In fact, the Conference Board of Canada predicts that one million skilled workers will be needed by 2020. The demand is there and these programs are working to make it easier for young female graduates to get into the field.
In March 2008, the Ontario government put $1.5 million into skilled trades programs for women in addition to existing tax credits and grant programs. – See more at:http://talentegg.ca/incubator/2012/06/22/calling-women-canadas-skilled-trade-apprentice/#sthash.6xCmsc2L.dpuf