The truth is that our skilled trades industry is facing a labour shortage due to an aging workforce and lack of skilled workers to replace them, with many investments in infrastructure & transport projects that will need qualified skilled trades workers. Women and other underrepresented groups are an untapped talent pool to fill these shortages.
What's the business case to hire women in skilled trades?
- A diverse workforce can improve business performance, productivity, public image, market reach and health and safety.
- Women represent a large untapped talent pool for employers of New Brunswick.
- Women are often a loyal workforce long term as they build strong ties with their communities, which reduces absenteeism and turnover for employers and improves presentism
- Women are less likely in today's world to be sidelined by the physical demands of the skilled trades because of advancement in technology
- Women are motivated learners so they improve productivity, innovation and health and safety
- Women bring different skills & strengths to the workplace with higher communication skills, a collaborative work ethic, an attention to details, better dexterity, etc.
- When women are on the worksite, productivity goes up, tools are in better shape with less wear and tear, and a cleaner work environment
Employers are critical to the New Boots program as they are the ones that hire apprentices to properly train the journeyperson of tomorrow which keeps our industry strong. Skilled trades employers offer well-paying jobs, interesting & challenging work experience, and training for apprentices.