RBC Women in Trades Blog

Meet Mandy! A Carpentry Student with a Plan for Success

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

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!

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!

          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!

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

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

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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Get Connected to Trades

  Today’s tradeswomen have the advantage of access to a variety of online supports and resources. The Resource Training Authority’s site Tradeswomen.ca  is well worth checking out. Along with job profiles, news, events, and job search tools, the site has a user-friendly ‘Community Centre’, where women can share ideas, ask questions, and offer each other […]

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Mentoring Matters – To You!

Mentoring was on the agenda at a recent Vancouver Regional Construction Association Learning Forum (Whistler, May 2014). Presenters Andy Cleven (Electrical Joint Training Committee) and Kyle Downie (Skillplan) shared insights about the benefits of formal mentoring programs. Cleven noted that “…80% of a trade is taught on a job site, but there isn’t a system […]

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