By CRM Staff
Toronto, Ontario -- March 13, 2018 -- Skills Ontario has recently announced its upcoming event series, Young Women’s Career Exploration Events, as part of its Young Women’s Initiatives, being held across Ontario throughout 2018 to bring young women information and experience to begin a career in a skilled trade.
“Young women need to know that the trades offer many opportunities that can lead to bright, stable and successful futures,” says Ian Howcroft, chief executive officer, Skills Ontario. “Skills Ontario looks forward to continuing to work with our partners from government, industry and education to increase the momentum for gender equality, and a strong and diverse workforce.”
The event series will culminate in the Young Women’s Conferences at the Skills Ontario Conference, May 7-8, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The Skills Ontario Young Women’s Conferences are the largest young women’s conferences in Canada, attracting over 2,000 young women from across Ontario to attend.
The under-representation of women in skilled trade and technology professions continues, with under 14% of registered apprentices being female, according to a 2015 Statistics Canada survey. According to a press release, Skills Ontario seeks to change misconceptions about the skilled trades being dirty, low-paying and generally unsuitable to female workers. The education and mentorship portions of the Career Exploration Events and Young Women’s Conferences help make it easier for young women to see themselves in a similarly rewarding career.
For more information about the initiative or event schedules, visit skillsontario.com/young-womens-initiatives.