Build TogetHER BC is a campaign of the BC Building Trades that promotes, supports and mentors women in the skilled construction trades.

Build TogetHER's joint submission to government successful

Build TogetHER's joint submission to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to develop programs to recruit, support and sustain women in the trades was successful.

The announcement was made by Premier John Horgan and AEST Minister Melanie Mark on the steps of the provincial legislature against a spectacular backdrop of our tradeswomen on International Women’s Day. BuildTogetHER members Amy Carr and Lisa Langevin also spoke at the event on their experiences in the trades and why we need to change the culture – now.

Now, Build TogetHER, the women’s committee of the Building Trades, the BC Federation of Labour and the BC Tradeswomen Society will partner to develop a suite of services that will improve career opportunities for women in the construction trades.

Congratulations to everyone involved! Read the full media release, and check out images from the news conference.

2018 is going to be a great year!

The BuildTogetHER BC team held their annual general meeting on Saturday, Feb. 3 and developed a year-long work plan aimed at advancing women in trades in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors. Visit the news section for more.

A skills gap is coming—and that’s good news

In BC, women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce. In other skilled trades, that number is even smaller.

Studies and industry reports show that a large population of skilled trade workers are gearing up for retirement. An estimated 300,000 new workers will need to be recruited from outside the construction industry over the next ten years to compensate for this gap.

This is an enormous opportunity for women seeking secure, well-paid and fulfilling employment.

Construction: The last frontier

Construction is seen as the “last frontier” in terms of increasing numbers of female representation. Other industries & sectors- the military, law enforcement, etc. have surpassed 15% female representation. The numbers of women in construction has remained unchanged for years. The tradeswomen of Build TogetHER, together with industry support—plan to change this.

For centuries, construction workers passed on the knowledge of their craft from father to son. This generational “passing of the torch” led to insular recruiting strategies in the past. Contemporary advertising strategies perpetuate the assumption by heavily gearing images and language towards men.  The Build TogetHER program has tailored strategies to actively recruit & retain women to the industry.

* Build TogetHER is an initiative of BC's Building Trades Union

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