“Opportunities for women in trades and tech are limitless,” said Lindsay Chester, program manager of Skills Ontario’s Young Women’s Initiatives. “We need to continue to raise awareness of the career options and provide platforms for female tradespeople to tell their story.”
The International Women’s Day Conference will have two sessions, the first at 10:00 am (EST) and the second at 7:00 pm (EST). Attendees of the conference will hear from panellists and speakers discussing how to pursue a career in the trades, as well as learning about new technologies.
The conference hopes that its 7:00 pm time slot will allow students in Grades 11 and 12, post-secondary students, apprentices, businesswomen, tradeswomen, and advocates for women in the skilled trades and technologies to join the conference when it best suits their schedule.
The International Women’s Day Workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (EST). Participants will learn about animation through Google Slides and will get a chance to win a prize if they submit their completed animation project. The workshop is intended for students in Grades 6, 7, and 8.
“Young women need to know that the trades and technologies offer many opportunities that can lead to bright, stable and successful futures,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario.
In addition to these two free events, Skills Ontario and its partners will continue hosting Young Women’s Career Exploration events across Ontario that encourage young women to pursue a career in the trades. The event series culminates in the Young Women’s Conferences at the Skills Ontario Competition held virtually on May 3, 2022.