Women struggle to find their fit with PPE

Properly fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) is a safety issue, and it’s important for attracting new people into the trades, and retaining them, says Jodi Huettner, president and CEO of Helga Wear.

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Meet the women teaching the next generation of tradespeople

"I think the unions have pivoted to make hiring women a priority, but the private sector is still low." - Kristine Byers

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Words matter

Remember the old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?" Turns out, that's not exactly true.

Words matter.

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Free menstrual products to be offered at some construction sites

It’s the right thing to do. Period.

On the eve of global Menstrual Hygiene Day May 28, BC Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB) announces it will provide free menstrual products to its employees, removing a barrier for people on some of the biggest construction projects in British Columbia.

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Build TogetHER Annual Report

Neither snow nor rain nor COVID-19 can stop Build TogetHER

Pandemic? What pandemic?

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the women’s committee of the BC Building Trades from continuing its good work.

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Hiring women is smart

There is a crisis in construction, and women are part of the solution.

According to BuildForce Canada, 254,800 people, or 21 per cent of the current construction workforce, is expected to retire by 2027. That’s 14,000 more people retiring than are expected to enter the construction industry over the same period.

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A carpenter’s story of strength, survival and support

Carpenter Yuka Yoshino, a member of the BC Regional Council of Carpenters, gave this moving speech at Build TogetHER’s International Women’s Day breakfast in March.

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And the winner is …

Krystin Nowicki, an apprentice electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 993, was this year’s recipient of the annual $1,000 scholarship from Build TogetHER.

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When women rise, unions shine

Women aren’t only advancing in the trades and helping to build our province; they are taking on roles as union leaders, too.

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BC tradeswomen helping to build bridges in India

Build TogetHER's Katy Rhodes (top) and Antoniette Yap (bottom) are among five Canadian tradeswomen heading to India Nov. 1-14 to build relationships and share their knowledge and experience with tradeswomen in India.

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