Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Success Strategies for Women & Trades Follow-up

Success Strategies for Women & Trades Forum, Toronto, March 6, 2012, flyer credit: Women’s Access to Trades Network
Flyer: Success Strategies for Women & Trades
An event to accelerate women’s employment in non-traditional trades
Hosted by Centennial College, Toronto, March 6, 2012
Credit: Women’s Access to Trades Network

Success Strategies for Women and Trades
Date: 3/6/2012
Time: 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Location: Centennial College, Ashtonbee Campus
Who should attend?
This event will benefit all those who want more women working in the non-traditional trades.

Today I attended the MicroSkills Success Strategies for Women & Trades Forum presented by the Women’s Access to Trades Network, held at Centennial College.

The event began with two great introductory speeches by Kay Blair, Executive Director, MicroSkills, and Karen Webb, Chair, MicroSkills Board of Directors.

Ann Buller, President of Centennial College presented a warm and welcoming speech, looking at the future of women in trades.

In Gail Smyth’s (Skills Canada-Ontario) uplifting speech highlighted the tremendous opportunities for women if given the right information and opportunities to advance.

Skills Canada has an amazing amount of programs that will help young women choose the trades as a career. According to Skills Canada, “we need to engage and enlighten young women to take the risk and go into skills trades.” The trades deserve recognition as good career opportunities for women.

I was fortunate to be the facilitator at one of the break-out sessions where we discussed the way forward of encouraging and retaining women in the non-traditional trades. Lively discussions and sharing of experiences made for really great insights which were all captured and will be of great help when the next steps are taken.

After lunch, a Success Panel convened on Leadership, Collaboration, Commitment. Discussions included strategies for getting women in the trades, provincial women's access to trades network - dedicated to accelerating women's participation in the trades.

The College of Trades presentation was very interesting and for anyone interested, check-out: The Labour Market Group: Ontario College of Trades presentation.

Thank you MicroSkills and Centennial College for hosting a fantastic forum on women in trades!

For more information on the Success Strategies for Women and Trades Forum, checkout our previous blog on the topic.

Martina Ernst
Wo-Built Inc. - Innovative Design and Build

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