Meet real women who are finding their career fit in the trades.
Cathy was a 34 year old stay-at-home mom of five who had never considered a job in the trades. Now she is a first year apprentice plumber. More...
Nicole was looking for something to challenge her mentally and physically. More...
Mila. 22-year-old Mila Puharich was practically born to work in the trades. More...
Lorraine. As a stay-at-home mom for 12 years and armed with no more than a high school diploma, Lorraine Labrosse felt ill-prepared to find a place in the working world. More....
A woman's place is in the trades. Today, the door is open to women in every B.C. 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.
Why choose the trades?
The average wage of a tradesperson is double that of a retail job. Step into the trades, and up to a good paycheck.
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.
Tradeswomen report high levels of job satisfaction and increased confidence.
Find out more (2.5MB pdf) 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 B.C.'s workplace. ITA's Women in Trades Training is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement (LMA).
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