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George Brown College and Hilti Canada team up to support women in skilled trades

George Brown College and Hilti Canada team up to support women in skilled trades

TORONTO — Hilti Canada, through a $40,000 contribution, is helping to expand the Women Transitioning to Trades and Employment (WTTE) program at George Brown College in Toronto by supporting the recruitment, training and mentorship of underrepresented women in the trades.

The new partnership aims to reduce barriers to participation and success in the trades by offering women and other underrepresented groups access to scholarships, career planning, networking, mentoring/coaching, job shadowing and employment opportunities, indicates a release.

Hiliti Canada is also donating approximately $100,000 worth of training tools to ensure students have access to products to start their careers well equipped and graduates of the program will receive a new tool kit to help with the financial burden of having to purchase tools.  

According to statistics, women make up about 48 per cent of the Canadian labour force yet hold less than four per cent of jobs in the skilled trades, states the release.

“Skilled trades play a vital role in our economy and our society. Skilled tradespeople build, maintain, and repair the infrastructure that connects us all. But the barriers to entry for women are well-known,” said Kizzy Bedeau, director of community partnerships at George Brown College, in a release. “With a significant skilled trades shortage on the horizon, it’s essential that we do everything we can to support women who wish to enter the trades. This partnership will open pathways to opportunity for women who wish to pursue careers in the trades, while also building the highly skilled, inclusive workforce that Canada needs.”

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