According to the government of B.C., less than 3% of working women in the province are in the building trades. A labour-market report released in fall 2017 recommended providing women with workplace supports.
Services and programs include:
• outreach and mentoring for tradeswomen;
• leadership-development training to improve workplace culture by addressing bullying and harassment in the workplace;
• employer-human resource supports, including a virtual team to help develop customized workplace policies, plus onsite mediation to manage staff situations; and
• exemplary employer campaigns to recognize employers
“There are only 3,600 registered female apprentices in B.C., but with 900,000 job openings expected by 2027, women play an important role in keeping our province’s economy diverse, strong and growing,” said Minister of Jobs Bruce Ralston.
The programs are directed at breaking down barriers to women who are seeking jobs in the construction trades, and removing bullying and harassment on the worksite.
Funding for the programs is expected to be u p to $1.8 million over two years. The programs are funded through the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Development Agreement.