Government of Canada helps women in Edmonton prepare for high demand and well-paying jobs in the construction trades
“The skilled trades represent high-quality, well-paid middle class jobs that are critical to Canada’s economic growth. By funding this project, we are building a more diverse construction workforce, providing women with the necessary support to launch well-paying careers in in-demand construction trades.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“We want to see more Canadians consider the skilled trades as a first career choice and we need to support that choice. Our government is investing in this important program to make jobs in the trades more accessible to women throughout Alberta.”
– The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, and Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Mill Woods
“Women Building Futures is honoured to have received this funding to support the expansion of our training. For over 20 years, we’ve delivered exceptional training in Edmonton and we look forward to expanding our training to women in other communities in Alberta”
– Kathy Kimpton, President & CEO of Women Building Futures
“Our Government’s support for this project with Women Building Futures Society will help women in Edmonton become ready for good jobs in trades, build better lives for themselves and make their communities stronger.”
– Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
Young women continue to be less likely than young men to express interest in a trade career. According to an OECD survey, only 2 percent of 15-year-old female students were planning to pursue a career in the skilled trades, and were more likely to be discouraged by their parents from pursuing a trade career than male students.
Women’s representation in Red Seal trades where women are under-represented was at 5 percent in 2017.
Women are concentrated in the three lowest paying trades: bakers, cooks and hairstylists.
14% of employment in Red Seal trades are women, however they only earn around 9% of total hourly wages.
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