For Immediate Release
April 4th, 2022 – Last week, Trades NL and Office to Advance Women Apprentices NL presented a “Findings Report” from their virtual roundtable event to The Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality. The report summarizes the confidential feedback expressed at the event by skilled tradeswomen working in the Newfoundland and Labrador Building Trades and Construction Industry and provides recommendations based on the issues identified.
“We’re constantly striving for more diversity and inclusion in the Building Trades and Construction Industry and it is extremely important to Trades NL that women in this industry continue to have a voice,” says Trades NL’s Executive Director, Darin King. “This report is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the list of barriers women face within our industry, but we’re committed to championing solutions and positive change. We will continue to advocate for higher diversity rates on jobsites and increased employment opportunities for women throughout our province and we look forward to more dialogue and collaboration with government, Minister Parsons and her team.”
“Women in NL are finding their place in the skill trades sector,” notes Office to Advance Women Apprentices Executive Director, Karen Walsh. “They have worked from small sites to large construction projects, but there is still much to be done to help tradeswomen be accepted and welcomed in this industry. Old ways don’t open new doors and for our industry to be progressive and inclusive, supports have to be put in place to welcome women and other diverse groups into the construction industry. We all have a role to play in making that happen.”
Click here to view the Women & Allies in Building Trades – Virtual Roundtable Discussion Findings Report
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About Trades NL
Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate and maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.
About Office to Advance Women Apprentices NL
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices Newfoundland and Labrador has a mandate to increase employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades.