Jan 30, 2018
Our Build Together members are featured in an online article:
Recruiting women into the trades is getting a little easier, Lisa Langevin has found over more than 15 years as an electrician. But getting them to stay is another story – even as construction is booming across British Columbia.
That’s why the Vancouver Local 213 assistant business manager welcomed a chance for the IBEW to be part of the provincial government’s Women in Trades project, which identified barriers to women advancing in construction and suggested ways to eliminate them.
Recruiting more women into the trades has been a battle in both the United States and Canada, but the report is significant because it identifies obstacles to keeping women on the job, not just in attracting them to apprenticeships.
“Across North America, we’ve been talking about women in the trades for decades,” said Langevin, who was part of the project’s 10-member steering committee and has long been an advocate for women in the construction industry. “There’s been a lot of talk, a lot of meetings, a lot of reports done, but most of it was around recruiting.
“What we’ve found is that women aren’t staying. The percentage of women leaving the trades is much higher than men leaving the trades.”
Read the rest of the article here.