CALGARY, Alta. – The province of Alberta has promised $10 million in funding over the next four years to encourage female participation in trades careers.
The funding will go towards Women Building Futures, a non-profit career-building organization, to create more opportunities for women to explore the skilled trades and get the training necessary for high-demand occupations. The province will provide the group with an Initial investment of $2.5 its programming.
“We are delivering on our promise to invest in the skilled trades,” said Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. “By supporting Women Building Futures, we will be able to achieve three key goals. First, we will address the growing shortage of skilled tradespeople in Alberta. Second, we are empowering women to purse rewarding careers in industries where women are traditionally under-represented. Third, this investment recognizes that apprenticeship learning and the skilled trades have every bit as much value, merit and worth as a university degree.”
Currently, women represent only 5.3 per cent of jobs in the construction and maintenance industry are filled by women. The province expects the additional funding to enable the organization to expand its programming across the province and increase the participation rate of women, help the province address labour market shortages and support a growing economy.
“This multi-year investment by the Government of Alberta in Women Building Futures is about transforming women’s lives, families and communities,” said Kathy Kimpton, president, Women Building Futures. “Women Building Futures will be able to expand our training to more women across Alberta. We know women are succeeding in the trades every single day, and Alberta’s labour market is going to need more skilled tradespeople to support our economy.”