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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

Get Connected to Trades

  Posted on: July 7, 2014

  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…

Read more

Mentoring Matters – To You!

  Posted on: June 20, 2014

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…

Read more

The Impact of Role Models

  Posted on: June 2, 2014

  The Pathfinders, part of Girl Guides Canada, is a recreational group for girls ages 12 to 14. The program focuses on trying new things, leadership, and teamwork.  In the words of Kamloops leader Sheila Johnson,  Pathfinders “seeks to empower and educate girls and foster confident women and responsible citizens.” A visit to a local…

Read more