We provide supports, training and employment matching in the skilled trades industry for eligible women.
BCCWITT works with women facing barriers to employment or advancement in the skilled trades industry. We assist women entering the trades and women apprentices in gaining skills for success, providing mentorship and networking opportunities and helping them find employment opportunities, with the goal of assisting them to achieve journey status.
- Women represent the largest untapped source of skilled trades workers in British Columbia.
- Increased workplace diversity can lead to increased employee satisfaction, loyalty, retention, and savings in recruitment and training.
- Employing women and other diverse candidates will assist employers in meeting their employment equity goals.
- Women bring fresh perspectives, new ideas and often increased collaboration to the workplace.
- Women also bring an increase in workplace health and safety.
- Increased workplace diversity may give employers an edge in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
- Women represent only an average of four per cent of the skilled trades in Canada, a number that has barely moved in decades.
Who is eligible?
You should apply if you are a woman who is interested in exploring the skilled trades and you are:
- Unemployed, or precariously employed
- Experiencing discrimination, bullying or harassment at work or in seeking employment
- Not a full-time student
- Entitled to work in Canada
- BC resident
- Someone who is interested in exploring or advancing careers in these fields
- Available to attend training and mentorship programs
What we support
- Career exploration
- Essential skills
- Personal development
- Job seeking and keeping skills
- Training and workplace readiness
- Skills training
- OHS training/safety certification
- Support during trades or technology programming
- Support to access trades training
- Employment access and retention
- Networking and mentorship with other women and LGBTQ2S+ from the trades
- Supports to employers and contractors to create inclusive and respectful workplaces
Get in touch with the Career Development Coordinator
WHAT WE DO
Creating a network of supportive peers is essential to increase the retention & advancement of women in trades.
The Shift for organizations
We support equitable recruitment, training and advancement practices to support the success of underrepresented people in trades careers.
The shift for individuals
Working with our male allies in the industry and community to create a welcoming, healthy and safe culture in the skilled trades.