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.
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.
The team had a successful 2017. Members:
- Held a Tradeswoman Garage Sale
- Presented to the BC Building Trades Conference
- Participated in the Women Build Nations Conference, including facilitating a panel on networking for women across Canada, and sat on a panel for industry women leaders
- Participated in the Mission Women in Trades Conference and the Delta Career Fair
- Presented at Skills BC
- Presented to the Canadian Girls for Science
- Took part in the Women’s March
For 2018, BuildTogetHER BC will continue to support the advancement of women in trades by taking part in various initiatives and events, including the BCBT Building our Futures conference, Skills BC, Union of BC Municipalities, Steveston Salmon Festival, Labour Day, Women Build Nations and We for She.
Additional goals include expanding the team’s reach via the BuildTogetHER website and social media channel, and increasing prominence on the BCBT’s general communication channels.
The team will also establish a $1,000 scholarship for women in trades and advocate for $10 per day child care.
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