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Build Together Saskatchewan is a Non-For-Profit Organization that works to promote careers in non-traditional roles within the workforce. It is our goal to Educate, Empower, Mentor and Support workers throughout their career path, from Apprentice to Skilled Journeyperson and beyond. With our Outreach and Mentorship Programs we are able to give back to our community through hands-on educational and informative approaches.

In Canada, women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce; construction is seen as the “last frontier” in terms of increasing numbers of female representation. Other industries & sectors- the military, law enforcement, etc. have surpassed 15% female representation. The numbers of women in construction has remained unchanged for years. The tradeswomen of Build Together, together with industry support—plan to change this. For centuries, construction workers passed on the knowledge of their craft from father to son. This generational “passing of the torch” led to insular recruiting strategies in the past. Contemporary advertising strategies perpetuate the assumption by heavily gearing images and language towards men.  The Build Together program has tailored strategies to actively recruit & retain women to the industry.

A lot of the barriers that face women are the existing myths and stereotypes about our ability to do the job well. While these myths are just that—myths—studies have shown that women are not completing their apprenticeships and are under-represented in many trades.

 

Even the most persistent myths are easily dispelled with facts and the reality of the workplace:

 

“Jobs in skilled trades are not good jobs for women.”
“Jobs in skilled trades are not creative.”
“Skilled trades are just for students who don’t excel in academics.”

 

The Women Working in the Skilled Trades and Technologies: Myths and Realities report sheds some very important light on these and other misconceptions. Advertising and recruitment strategies are also heavily geared towards men, which encourages the misconception that the trades are a career path for men only. This is simply not true. The number of women actively pursuing and succeeding in the skilled trades is growing.

 

A skills gap is coming—and that’s good news

 

In Saskatchewan, women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce. In other skilled trades, that number is even smaller. Studies and industry reports show that a large population of skilled trade workers are gearing up for retirement. An estimated 300,000 new workers will need to be recruited from outside the construction industry over the next ten years to compensate for this gap.

This is an enormous opportunity for women seeking secure, well-paid and fulfilling employment.

 

 

Construction: The last frontier

 

Construction is seen as the “last frontier” in terms of increasing numbers of female representation. Other industries & sectors- the military, law enforcement, etc. have surpassed 15% female representation. The numbers of women in construction has remained unchanged for years. The tradeswomen of Build Together, together with industry support—plan to change this.

For centuries, construction workers passed on the knowledge of their craft from father to son. This generational “passing of the torch” led to insular recruiting strategies in the past. Contemporary advertising strategies perpetuate the assumption by heavily gearing images and language towards men.  The Build Together program has tailored strategies to actively recruit & retain women to the industry.

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