RBC Trades Bursary making a difference in the lives of women in trades!

  Posted on: April 18, 2016

Marline Holy has always had a passion for working with engines and automobiles. She owns a few project vehicles herself and enjoys taking things apart, fixing it, and putting it back together. Marline is now is her second year in the Automotive program. In her Foundation year, Marline was nominated and was awarded the RBC…

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Behind the Desk with Alfie, the “Tool Guy”

  Posted on: April 11, 2016

Me: Hi there, can I interview you? Alfie: Which program are you in? Me: Women in Trades Alfie: Sure. Me: Awesome! Thanks! First off, how long have you been working here at TRU? A: 26 years Me: That’s pretty neat! A: Hmmm Me: OK! So, as I am the women in trades program coordinator, I…

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Meet Sarah Zylstra!

  Posted on: March 16, 2016

Sarah Zylstra, a former 2013 WiTT student, and now a 3rd-year Electrical Apprentice, spoke with the TRU WiTT on March 11, 2016. Sarah shared her trades story with the women noting four years ago she would never have guessed she would be in her 3rd-year apprenticeship in electrical. In fact, she came into WiTT ‘by…

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AWiT Graduation February 2015: Finding their TRU Pathway

  Posted on: February 19, 2016

The Aboriginal Women in Trades November 2015 cohort completed their 10-week training on Friday, February 12. They had a chance to explore four different trades including welding, electrical, pipe fitting/steam fitting and construction craft worker. The women were able to complete projects during their introduction to the trades and some projects completed include a garden…

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First ‘Lunch and Learn’ of 2016 a great success!

  Posted on: January 13, 2016

About 24 students attended the first RBC Women in Trades ‘Lunch and Learn’ of 2016. The topic was Pathways to Apprenticeship and was facilitated by ITA Apprenticeship Advisor, Helen Poss. Women from electrical, heavy duty mechanics, plumbing, and the Aboriginal Women in Trades program were all in attendance. Helen was able to answer an assortment…

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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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