Women in Trades

A woman's place is in the trades. Today, the door is open to women in every BC trades career. You've got great trade career choices – from carpentry and plumbing to aerospace and horticulture. Women are finding challenges, job satisfaction and good pay in the skilled trades. Read inspiring stories of our female Champions of Apprenticeship!

Why choose the trades?

  • Money:
    The average wage of a tradesperson is double that of a retail job. Step into the trades, and up to a good paycheck.
  • Opportunity:
    Skilled trades people are in demand. There's a shortage of skilled workers – which means jobs and opportunities for women with trades training, skills and certification.
  • Satisfaction:
    Tradeswomen report high levels of job satisfaction and increased confidence.

The SkilledTradesBC Women in Trades Training initiative is part of a long-term strategy to match women's skills to the needs of BC's workplace. SkilledTradesBC's Women in Trades Training is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

For more information about the Women in Trades Training Programs and eligibility, please click here: https://skilledtradesbc.ca/women-trades-training-programs

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  1. Build Together, Women of the Building Trades & Facebook page
  2. BCIT: Trades Discovery for Women
  3. Careers in Construction
  4. Construction Foundation
  5. BC Centre for Women in the Trades
  6. Builders Code

Employers: Sponsoring a woman apprentice through SkilledTradesBC’s Women in Trades Training initiative is a smart way to secure the right employee and prepare for future labour demands. Learn more.

For general inquiries please contact womenintrades@skilledtradesbc.ca