Investing in tomorrow’s leaders

Regional Representative Program Leadership Training for underrepresented tradespeople of all genders.

The Regional Representative Program is an initiative of the BCCWITT and the BC Industry Training Authority.

The goal of the Regional Representative Program is to increase the number of tradespeople from underrepresented groups (Indigenous, people of colour, 2SLGBTIAQ+, immigrants, people with disabilities, women) 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 successful applicants 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 Indigenous, people of colour, 2SLGBTIAQ+, immigrants, people with disabilities, or women.

The initial intensive 5-day in-person Core Training will bring together a select group of 14 to 18 successful applicants from around the province, with all course costs, accommodation, food, and travel fully funded. Scholarships for wage subsidies are 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
  • EITHER a woman in an ITA trade where women less than 25% of apprentices OR an Indigenous person, 2SLGBTIAQ+ person, immigrant, or person with a disability, or person of colour of any gender 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
  • Not already in a substantial leadership role in the trades community.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TODAY!

 

There are limited spaces available and not all applicants will be accepted.

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

I can’t put into words how valuable this was. For me, (…) who has been around for 20+ years, I’ve taken a lot of training. This is the first time in a very long time where every single day I truly learned something new. I feel like I am a better person after this training.

It was amazing connecting with people who had common experiences. I loved that they also had a range of experiences, with different categories of work and locations throughout the province. I loved the inclusive and straight forward conversations. I walked away feeling energized and capable.

Honestly I felt like I found others like me in a trade setting. It helped me not feel so isolated and encouraged me to bring more of myself to my job. With that I feel more empowered and confident to take on leadership roles.

The experience was really powerful for me. To be in a room full of people who have experienced many of the same challenges I have felt refreshing, and like I wasn’t alone in this particular struggle. It taught me the importance of visibility and the power of speaking up for what’s right (…) It taught me the importance of community and being someone that the next generation can come to.