NB announces three-year extension for apprenticeship program for women

July 17, 2020

The Government of New Brunswick has extended a provincial program that supports and provides mentorship for women in the apprenticeable trades by three years. New Boots: Progressing Women in Trades, was originally launched in April 2018 following a 30-month pilot period. Priority areas for the program over the next three years include aligning the project with department objectives related to training and labour; poverty reduction and women’s equality initiatives under the New Brunswick Family Plan Framework; the Social Development Strategic Plan; and the government’s economic growth and development targets. “Over the past five years the New Boots network has expanded from a cohort of 14 tradeswomen to over 250 tradeswomen today,” explained President of New Brunswick Building Trades Unions Jean Marc Ringuette. “Employers are also seeing an increase in women filling positions in the skilled trades”. NB (NB)