New Boots - Progressing women in trades

The New Boots program is a three-year initiative focused on improving completion rates among female apprentices in the building and construction trades in New Brunswick. Through this project 15 female apprentices in eight (8) different trades will be closely followed over the course of the next three (3) years of their apprenticeship. NB-MAPs Mentorship Coordinator will provide support, problem-solving, and connections to the resources they need to be successful in their chosen career.

This initiative is the product of a distinct and persistent workforce imbalance, where women make up more than half the Canadian population, and less than 10% of the skilled trades workforce. New Boots aims to understand the root causes of this imbalance, and help debunk the many long-standing myths  associated with women in trades.


New Boots: a term commonly used in the construction industry to describe apprentices on a job site,  the apprentices being the new blood or "new boots" in their workforce.

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An ageing Canadian infrastructure and a commitment by government to invest in infrastructure projects could produce significant employment and economic opportunity in construction trades for the foreseeable future.


The industry anticipates 1/3 of the skilled trades workforce will retire in the next 5 years, and fewer youth are entering the trades. This combination will result in a massive workforce contraction, and a compromised ability to bid on and win contracts.


Women make up more than half of the Canadian population. Those women who choose a career in skilled trades and are supported by their employer and colleagues are proven to:

  • improve productivity and safety due to higher communication skills
  • have a collaborative work style
  • be more detail- and process-oriented
  • possess better dexterity and fine motor skills for smaller jobs
  • be better at finishes

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