The government of British Columbia announced on March 11 that it will invest $1.8 million in the Women in Trades Training (WITT) initiative through the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to boost female participation in the trades.
The ITA will work with Camosun College, Okanagan College, Thompson Rivers University and the Tradeworks Training Society to deliver programs to provide women with introductory trades training as well as technical training and job placement support.
The four WITT programs are currently open to applications for up to 234 female participants when the training concludes in September 2016.
Funding for the Women in Trades Training Initiative is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement under the Employment Services and Supports (ESS) stream. Through the Canada Job Fund, the Government of Canada provides British Columbia with a total of $65 million per year to deliver targeted training programs.
"If we want a strong and vibrant economic future, then it is key that strong and vibrant women help drive it. A great opportunity for women to help drive the economy is through careers in the skilled trades. And the Women in Trades Training initiative will help give women the support and training they need to succeed," B.C. premier Christy Clark said.
"ITA, in collaboration with the government, supports various aspects of the apprenticeship journey, including trades exploration, technical foundation training, resume building, job search and matching, and potential financial support for daycare, tool purchase, and transportation, through the Women in Trades Training funding model. With more women registering to become certified electricians, welders, and carpenters than ever before, the Province is on track to building a diverse, strong, and sustainable trade industry," ITA CEO Gary Herman said.
Further information on the program is available online at www.itabc.ca/women-trades/overview.