Skilled trades offer opportunities for women

July 16, 2014

Marcia Smith, Senior VP Sustainabilty and External Affairs with Teck Resources Ltd, has contributed a piece to the Globe and Mail with suggestions on how to attract more women to the skilled trades. Smith says that increasing the number of women employed in the skilled trades “has the power to truly change women’s lives for the better.” She suggests that women can help fill a shortage of skilled workers and help lower-income women overcome a wage gap with their male counterparts. Smith advocates the implementation of formal targets for women in skilled trades. She also emphasizes the need for a broader discussion about women in trades that would include educators, career counsellors, and parents in order to better convey the idea that trades are a viable career option for young women. Smith says that there are few barriers to women entering the trades save for “a general lack of awareness about the opportunities and a lack of role models.” Globe and Mail