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$1.8 million for B.C.’s Women in Trades Training


Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, third from right. Photo courtesy Government of British Columbia.

March 12, 2016 – “If we want a strong and vibrant economic future, then it is key that strong and vibrant women help drive it,” said Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, of the province’s announcement of $1.8 million for the Women in Trades Training (WITT) initiative through the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

“With more women registering to become certified electricians, welders and carpenters than ever before, the province is on track to building a diverse, strong and sustainable trade industry,” said Gary Herman of ITA.

Through WITT, ITA has contracted Camosun College, Okanagan College, Thompson Rivers University and Tradeworks Training Society to deliver programs “specifically designed to help women kick-start their trades career”. The programs provide women with introductory trades training, technical training, an overview of various trade occupations, as well as job-placement support.

These four WITT programs are currently open to applications and will benefit up to 234 female participants when the training concludes this September.

Funding for the initiative is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement under the Employment Services & Supports (ESS) stream, explains the province. Through the Canada Job Fund, the feds provide British Columbia with a total of $65 million per year to deliver targeted training programs. The ESS stream is designed to assist British Columbians who are facing barriers in the labour market to develop essential job-readiness skills.

According to the province, the percentage of women registered as apprentices in B.C. is at 10.4%, up from 8.5% in 2009.

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PHOTO: Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, third from right. Photo courtesy Government of British Columbia.