Women in the Trades

Will I fit in?

Most women in construction say it's an empowering and rewarding career. They also say you should be prepared for a challenge.

The majority of construction workers are still men ... but the number of women is increasing, and the workplace is changing as a result.

And women are more prepared for construction careers, thanks to organizations that provide appropriate training.

More FAQ's about working in construction, answered here


Women in Trades - Mohawk College

Skilled Trades can be a great route for young female graduates looking to ‘get out of the office’. With numerous opportunities available, the best man for the job… may be a woman!

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Intro to the trades for women – Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Have you always wanted to work with tools but haven't had the opportunity? Here's a hands-on course for women, offered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

The course is an introduction to a variety of basic trade skills. Course content includes Automotive Servicing, Building Systems, Carpentry, Machine Shop and Welding....

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Women In Trades (WIT)

The Women in Trades (WIT) program is specifically designed to assist women who want to develop the basic skills necessary for entry-level work in construction.

The main focus of the program is hands-on skill development. Courses include construction academics, site safety, use of hand tools, and construction basics. Participants also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the work involved in trades such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, framing, drywall application, and roofing.

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Some stats

Slowly but surely, women are entering major "non-traditional" trade groups.

More women registered in a number of skilled trades in 2011 compared to 2010, including as: heavy equipment operators (72 in 2011 vs. 36 in 2010); industrial electricians (279 in 2011 vs. 246 in 2010); and construction craft workers (258 in 2011 vs. 231 in 2010)

in 2012, women held 11.8% of construction jobs, 19% of forestry, fishing, mining, oil, and gas jobs, and 30.5% of agricultural jobs.

Women account for 2% of carpentry apprentices, 1.9% of plumbing apprentices, and 1.5% of heavy equipment apprentices.

Overall, women represent roughly 5% of all skilled trades workers.