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Regional Representative Program Leadership Training

The Regional Representative Program is an initiative of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades and the BC Industry Training Authority.

The goal of the Regional Representative Program is to increase the number of tradespeople from underrepresented groups (women, 2SLGBTQIA+, IBPOC, persons with disabilities, immigrants) in leadership positions as both volunteers and staff within the skilled trades sector in British Columbia.

This community-based program provides a fun, safe and challenging experience for participants to:

  • Build leadership skills.
  • Learn about barriers and resources for underrepresented groups in trades.
  • Develop a peer mentorship network.
  • Make a difference in the future of trades in BC.

Throughout 2021-2023, there will be multiple cohorts of training for tradespeople who are women, Indigenous, people of colour, 2SLBGTQIA+, immigrants, and people with disabilities.

The first cohorts will be taking place in Autumn of 2021:

  • September 20-24, 2021 (Harrison Hot Springs)
  • October 25-29, 2021 (Nanaimo)
  • November 29-December 3, 2021 (Harrison Hot Springs)

Followed by six more cohorts throughout 2022-23.

The initial intensive 5-day in-person Core Training will bring together a select group of participants from around the province, with all course costs, accommodation, food, and travel fully funded. Scholarships for wage subsidies may be available.

After the 5-day Core Training, RRP participants will be expected to continue to engage with BCCWITT and the ITA, by taking part in volunteer outreach activities, further training sessions, peer mentoring, and consultations as their schedules permit.

Each applicant must be:

  • A full-time resident of British Columbia, and
  • An apprentice or journey in a trade managed by the ITA, and
  • A woman in an ITA trade where women less than 25% of apprentices OR an Indigenous person, 2SLGBTQIA+ person, immigrant, or person with a disability, or person of colour in any ITA trade, and
  • Actively seeking to become more involved in their trades communities within the next 2 years, and
  • Willing to make a commitment to BCCWITT and ITA to take part in volunteer and outreach initiatives, and
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19*, and
  • Not already in a substantial leadership role in the trades community.

For application link, full program details and frequently asked questions, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email outreach@bccwitt.ca or call/text 250-661-6818.

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*By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination will be required to take part in these trainings. Getting vaccinated keeps everyone in BC safe and stops the spread of COVID-19. The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers indoor organized gatherings including meetings and workshops, such as this one. Staff will ask to see your proof of vaccination and valid government ID. For further information, please see: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof  

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