Unfortunately, studies have consistently shown that women in trades who are publically attached to programs of this kind become the target of increased bad will from their coworkers. And in the world of online commentary and social media, trail-blazers like our New Boots participants can be even more vulnerable to abuse from people they've never met. As a result, the NB-MAP team has decided to protect the identity of our participants.
But what we can do is tell you what these women have in common:
Sadly, this tiny cohort of 15 women represent a huge change in the New Brunswick trades workforce. Before the New Boots apprentices were hired and recruited, there were less than 100 female apprentices in all of the construction trades in the entire province. That means our 15 New Boots represent a whopping 15% increase in the female trades workforce in New Brunswick, and they still have years of work ahead of them before becoming certified journeypersons.
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