KAMLOOPS — Women thinking about pursuing a career in trades are invited to a trades forum at Thompson Rivers University tonight (Oct.11) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Trades Building.
The event gives women and girls a chance to speak to industry professionals from throughout the Kamloops region on the opportunities for women in trades. Participants also get a chance to learn about TRU's more than two dozen trades programs including carpentry and welding.
"We will have some speakers, past women who have participated in trades, as well as some employers coming in and speaking about the opportunities. We're seeing of course the retirement rates, increased building and population (rates), so there's more demand for women to get into trades than ever before," says industry and contract training manager Heather Hamilton.
She adds the mining and construction sectors are seeing a particularly high need for more women workers. Amie Schellenberg, an electrical instructor at TRU, used to work in the oil and gas sector in Alberta. The electrical instructor is one of half a dozen staff members who will be speaking to participants on the numerous job opportunities a career in trades brings.
"If you go through your apprenticeship and you get your red seal that opens up a huge door for possibilities or avenues you can take after that. You don't have to be tied down to a job where you're working for an employer and getting your journeyman. Of course there's nothing wrong with that, but you can also start our own company, become an instructor, get a Bachelor of Technology or Trades and Technology Leadership."
TRU's electrical and welding program currently has the highest female participation rate in the province.
Mudslides close Highway 1 from Bridal Falls to Hope
KAMLOOPS — Highway 1 was closed from just east of Bridal Falls to Hope on Thursday morning, after a...
READ MORE +
Above average temperatures in Kamloops expected to last through the weekend
KAMLOOPS — Kamloopsians can expect to continue to enjoy higher than average temperatures through...
READ MORE +
One stop shopping for entrepreneurs at Kamloops conference
KAMLOOPS — It was a day for local business people to network and make new contacts at the second...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.