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HAND Association: Hamilton and District Heavy Construction Association

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Women in Skilled Labour Survey

Opportunities are increasing

Many employers across Hamilton are struggling to find workers trained in the skilled trades. Despite this need, women are significantly underrepresented across the skilled trades. This is especially true in the industrial, construction, and motive power trades sectors, where less than 3% of apprentices nationwide are women. What opportunities can be created to attract and keep women in the skilled trades? How can they advance in these trades? What challenges do they face?

Here’s how you can help!

YWCA Hamilton and Workforce Planning Hamilton have teamed up on the Building Opportunities: Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations project to look at experiences of women in the industrial, construction, and motive power sectors. Together with community and industry partners, we are creating a toolkit to help employers recruit, retain, and advance women in Hamilton’s skilled trades.  We have identified the Ontario Civil Construction Careers Institute as an organization that could assist us with getting the word out.
We are keen to hear from female apprentices and journeypersons about their experiences. If you are a woman who works or previously worked in the skilled trades, please take a few minutes of your time to complete the survey and share it with other female journeypersons or apprentices. If you are someone who employs or networks with women in the skilled trades, please share our survey link with female journeypersons, apprentices, or pre-apprentices.
Click here to take the survey.
All survey responses will be confidential and only aggregate data will be reported.
The survey should only take 10-15 minutes. Deadline for completion is Tuesday, September 30th!
If your organization is interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact the Project Coordinator, Jessica Franklin by phone (905-522-9922 ext. 134) or email (jfranklin@ywcahamilton.org).
If you have questions about the survey, please contact me at Workforce Planning Hamilton by phone (905-521-5777), or email (rosanne.li@workforceplanninghamilton.ca).


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