Happy New Year- Be that 8%!

  Posted on: January 11, 2016

There’s something about ringing in a New Year that screams, “new year, new me!” and it is also a time when well intentioned New Year’s resolutions get made, only to be broken. Do you fit into this category? If you do, don’t be too hard on yourself as only 8% of people who make a…

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Meet Tracy Bryant!

  Posted on: October 10, 2014

Tracy Bryant loves her job, but welding wasn’t an obvious career choice for the soft spoken Kamloopsian. When she began her Welding Level C training at TRU in 2007, one of only a handful of women trades students, she sometimes doubted her ability to make it through the demanding program. Tracy isn’t too proud to…

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Site of the 2015 Y Dream Home visited by Cabinet Ministers

  Posted on: September 24, 2014

It made for an exciting morning last week, when the Honourable Ministers John Rustad (Minister Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation), and Amrik Virk (Minister of Advanced Education) visited a Juniper West building site crawling with TRU trades students.  Women in Trades Training Program participants were  on the site of the future Y Dream Home, and some…

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Meet Mandy! A Carpentry Student with a Plan for Success

  Posted on: September 17, 2014

Mandy McKinnon has a motto: “People don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan.” That’s why she’s quick to say that she sees herself in a position of leadership in the future. Born in Edmonton, and raised by a handy father, who she describes as a ‘tinkerer’, Mandy likes the feeling of having something to…

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Welcome WITT 2014

  Posted on: September 9, 2014

I am so excited to welcome the new Women in Trades Training participants to our 2014 program. We will be starting off with Construction Craft Worker and Carpentry Skills. Time to break in those new work boots! A few upcoming events for all of our women trades students: our next Lunch n’ Learn is scheduled…

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Hello September!

  Posted on: August 26, 2014

I am so excited to announce that 16 participants have been selected for the Women in Trades Training Program (WITT) beginning September 8th.  Funded by the Industry Training Authority, WITT gives women an opportunity to explore trades education and careers.  Graduates of the 14-week program are prepared to select a skilled trade and continue on…

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Meet Haileigh Shanks!

  Posted on: August 12, 2014

          Welder and TRU grad Haileigh is just one of many women in trades success stories, and for those of you interested in seeing the world… read on! Haileigh tells me that she has always worked side-by-side with her Dad, fixing trucks. When she was only 10 years old she announced…

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Meet Wendy Blaskovic!

  Posted on: August 5, 2014

Maybe you’ve seen her around the hallways of T&T, or around town on her motorcycle, but I bet you’d like to know more about this talented tradeswoman! Ms. Blaskovic (Official title: Ace IT Youth and Partnership Transitions Coordinator) found her calling in trades education when an influential high school drafting teacher encouraged her to consider…

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Thanks and Links

  Posted on: July 25, 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our Women in Trades lunch! Special thanks to Gina McPherson (pictured), Electrical Safety Officer, BC Safety Authority, and to Helen Poss, Regional Employment Specialist, Skilled Trades Employment Program.  Gina McPherson shared her story of beginning her electrical career in the late 1970s, later moving into a teaching role, and…

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Employment Information for Women in Trades Students

  Posted on: July 18, 2014

Join us for a FREE LUNCH and information about jobs, career paths, and Q &A with: Helen Poss, Regional Employment Placement Specialist BCCA & Skilled Trades Employment Program When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014       11:30 -12:30 Where: TT219 For more information call or email: Pamela Fry, Coordinator, Women in Trades        250 828-5109 or…

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