Participants

"I believe this program is great for females entering the trades because they can receive advice and help to get them through." New Boots apprentice


"I love this program and I am so proud that there is a program that no only helps but encourages females to be successful in the trades. I am fortunate to have a strong union backing me. I felt like a sister the day I stepped on the job. Unfortunately, I know that there are other trades where the experience of some of the other participants hasn't been so positive. This program is vital to their success. Like I said previously, New boots isn't just an initiative, It's a sisterhood. We come together like a family and lend each other support and cheer each other on. Some of the services may benefit other participants more than others but the experience alone is incredibly valuable and I am so grateful to have had the pleasure to participate." New Boots Boilermaker apprentice

"I would just like to say that I really truly enjoyed being a part of this group. When I decided to go into trades it was a huge change from my human services career path. I was very nervous and expecting to be the only girl in school and at my job with support only from family and friends. I think this group helped me feel not so alone. It is terrifying walking into a company on your first day of work or onto a new jobsite and you are the only female. Everyone seems to be waiting to see you not be able to handle the task at hand and it takes a lot more proving yourself that it would if I was a male. I loved knowing that I wasn't the only one walking onto a jobsite being the first ever female to work with a lot of these tradesmen. I also really appreciate these girls for doing their part in making tradeswomen more of a norm so that one day when one of us walks onto a jobsite there won't be a shock to the males on site and that we won't have people watching to see if we will fail or if we can manage to do our jobs properly. This program provides an amazing support group even though we don't communicate every day, it's still reassuring knowing that there are other women not too far away that are feeling the same way as I do sometimes." New Boots Electrical apprentice

"I truly appreciated the help that was provided for me when I was having trouble with a work issue and support when I need it so I could go back to school." New Boots Carpentry apprentice

"The best part about this program is the unity between the coordinator and the participants. It felt like a sisterhood. A place to share our success stories and vent about issues that we face in a male dominated workforce. It is vital to our success. I felt as though I had someone in my corner. I know that at any point I could go to the coordinator and ask for help and she would do her best to resolve any issue I may have had. It gave me a voice.New Boots Carpentry apprentice


"What I like the most about this program is that is exists. Literally without this program I would not have been able to get into my union or find work." New Boots Welding apprentice

"What I appreciated the most about this program was having other women to speak to and get things off my chest. Sometimes there are situations that no one outside of trades or working with almost all men would understand and this program gives you a chance to express those feelings and situations and have someone who understands listen to you." New Boots Electrical apprentice

Employers

 

"Women make excellent tradespeople. They are reliable, detail oriented, focused, pay attention and have patience regardless the job. They are eager to contribute to the team equally by the quality and pride in their work."
Kim Blyth, Boilermaker journeyman for local 73

 

"We have had great success with our female apprentices that have become skilled, competent and valued journeypersons in our company. They are great collaborators and communicators that are team oriented. Integrating a woman is not as big a deal as some may believe, and we feel that a diverse workforce is a strong workforce."
Tom Coughlan, Manager, Industrial Division, Marque Construction Limited

 

"We have women in all levels of the company, whether it be management, engineering or skilled trades. We give equal chances to any applicant. In the past, we have had success with a female apprentice in carpentry that has become one of our trusted journeywomen. Women in skilled trades offer a great contribution to our team by their positive attitude, attention to detail, good time management and communication skills." 
Rachelle Leblanc, Project, Safety Coordinator with Acadian Construction

 

 

I found that women in non-traditional skilled trades are more adaptable, understand and accomplish what they have set out and represent strong benefits to society along with economic growth in the community. It's a fact that women in trades are an increasing driving force in the Canadian economy."
Bruno Arseneault, owner & president Foxwoods Millwork Inc.

 

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