TORONTO — In recognition of International Women’s Day March 8, Skills Ontario, an organization that promotes the pursuit of careers in skilled trades and technologies, is proud to continue to support the movement for equality for women both inside and outside of the workplace, the organization stated in a recent release.
Through Young Women’s Initiatives, Skills Ontario and its partners host Young Women’s Career Exploration Events across the province that bring education, experiential learning and mentorship together while engaging industry and college partners, small businesses, school boards, and students to support young women pursuing careers in the skilled trades and technologies.
The series culminates in the Young Women’s Conferences on May 4 and 5 at the Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre, the largest young women’s conferences in Canada, attracting over 2,000 young women from across Ontario.
In the last five years, Skills Ontario’s Young Women’s Initiatives have engaged over 15,600 female students, and 93 per cent of young women surveyed have said that they are more likely to investigate a career in the skilled trades and technologies after attending a Career Exploration Event, indicates the release.
“Throughout the year, Skills Ontario shares the key message that the skilled trades and technologies are suitable for all,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, in a statement. “By redefining gender roles and connecting young women to inspiring female skilled professionals, we work towards debunking misconceptions about the skilled professions being unsuitable to women. With our Young Women’s Initiatives, Skills Ontario empowers young women to explore their career paths, as an inclusive workforce is a strong workforce.”