The economy is emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the construction industry is a leader! The industry needs women, Indigenous people, and other under-represented groups from all walks of life to meet the rebounding demand. The workforce is currently sitting at an average of six percent of women entering and staying to pursue these great careers. With BC’s economy growing and retirement rates rising, the industry is in critical need of more workers. The time is now to support and encourage under-represented groups and diversify this remarkable industry.
A diverse, agile workforce is needed to fill these future-forward careers to meet the existing and anticipated demand. With more women than men living in BC and growth in newcomer populations, there has never been a better time for new talented candidates to join the skilled trades. According to the ITA, there are more than one hundred trade apprenticeship programs in BC to choose from. Whether you have a passion for working with your hands, working outdoors, or in an ever-changing environment, the options are endless, and the future is bright in the world of construction.
What is the industry doing to engage and welcome a more diverse workforce? The goal is to create a diverse workplace where ALL feel comfortable, safe, and welcome. With organizational, governmental, labor, and employer support, the industry is changing and for the better. The culture in the skilled trades is becoming more inclusive, and these diverse groups are contributing to the advancements of this modern industry.
As the industry diversifies, all workers will be coming in with different ways of communicating. It is crucial to establish a solid baseline of communication and mentorship amongst new and seasoned workers. In the trades, 80% of learning occurs in the field; mentorship helps improve the primary task of transferring knowledge and skill from more experienced workers to less-experienced workers. The Mentorship Matters program was created to support, encourage, and capture the absolute best of skills from the mentor to pass down to the mentee along with helping all understand a common language. The Mentorship Matters program is a blueprint for a bright future and a better way to learn.
Women, Indigenous, and other under-represented groups; the time is now to broaden your horizons and engage in something new and exciting. Discover a passion for the trades and become a part of the careers that are leading the future!