In honour of International Women’s Day this March, ITA’s CEO Gary Herman and the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business got together with Tia Hass, Carpentry Apprentice at Tradeworks to discuss and support her successful journey as a woman perusing a career in the trades. 

ITA partners with Aboriginal and various other community service providers, training providers and industry partners to deliver entry level (pre-apprenticeship) trades programs.  These programs are funded from the Canada-BC Job Fund Agreement (CFJ), which replaced the Labour Market Agreement.

Under the Canada Jobs Fund Agreement, programs previously funded through the Labour Market Agreement fall under the new Employment Services and Supports (ESS) programs. The new programs will start after September 1, 2015 and the ITA’s Women in Trades, Immigrants in Trades and Aboriginal People in Trades will form part of these new services.  The current programs continue to serve individuals while this transition takes place.

Currently, there is a Call for Proposals through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training that provides the opportunity for current and new service providers to bid on the new programs.  Check our website and Facebook pages for updates on the new programming and what service providers in your community will be delivering the services.

A woman's place is in the trades. Today, the door is open to women in every BC trades career. You've got great trade career choices – from carpentry and plumbing to aerospace and horticulture. Women are finding challenges, job satisfaction and good pay in the skilled trades.

Two easy steps to enrol in the program:

  1. See if you meet the Eligibility Requirements 
  2. If you do, contact our helpful Service Providers to find a program that suits you

Why choose the trades?

  • Money:
    The average wage of a tradesperson is double that of a retail job. Step into the trades, and up to a good paycheck.
  • Opportunity:
    Skilled trades people are in demand. There's a shortage of skilled workers – which means jobs and opportunities for women with trades training, skills and certification.
  • Satisfaction:
    Tradeswomen report high levels of job satisfaction and increased confidence.

Find out more about ITA's Women in Trades Training initiative.

The ITA Women in Trades Training initiative is part of a long-term strategy to match women's skills to the needs of BC's workplace. ITA's Women in Trades Training is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement (CJF).

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Employers: Sponsoring a woman apprentice through ITA’s Women in Trades Training initiative is a smart way to secure the right employee and prepare for future labour demands. Learn more.