A recent survey found that girls aged 12 -18 earn $2.75 less per hour in summer jobs than boys, suggesting that the gender pay gap is something all women are likely to experience repeatedly in their lifetime, even as children and teens.
No, this imbalance isn’t just something relegated to large corporations or traditional industries, it’s a pervasive issue that sees women having to work harder, for less pay, with fewer opportunities to get ahead.
To acknowledge this imbalance, the federal government has announced The Quest for Balance, a digital recruitment campaign aimed at encouraging women to pursue careers in the skilled trades. The campaign responds to specific industries that have remained largely male-dominated, despite offering fantastic opportunities for all people.
As part of The Quest for Balance, The Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC) is striving to achieve at least a 20% enrollment of women in its Entry Level Trades Training Program. The EJTC, an industry leader for placing women in the trades, is offering a 15-week program aimed to promote incredible employment opportunities for all people, with an emphasis on women and Indigenous peoples.
The program includes classroom and workshop training, mentorship, small class sizes and 10 weeks of paid electrical experience, ensuring participants are equipped with skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in the industry.
Despite women making up 48% of Canada’s labour force, women only comprise 4.5% of Canada’s skilled trade positions. With fair wages, benefits and a more autonomous lifestyle, EJTC and The Quest for Balance offer women more opportunities with fewer sacrifices along the way.
You can learn more about the career and training opportunities available to you at the Electrical Joint Training Committee’s next open house on February 26th. The open house will showcase the new EJTC campus and feature a tour of the facility, where you’ll learn about their programs. Instructors and program admin will be on-site to answer questions. No registration is required.