Women in Trades Conference at Riverside College

Riverside College will be hosting a Women in Trades Conference on February 16, 2017.  This regional conference will draw young high school women from the Fraser Valley to hear about the excellent opportunities available to them in skilled trades.  This event is free of charge to the students and exhibitors as it is important to introduce the potential prospects to educational institutions and industry with no strings attached.

There are a number of school districts that have started offering women only skills exploration classes as well as a number of post-secondary institutions that  are running women only trades samplers.  This conference will provide these women the insight needed to make an informed decision about their future.

In the skilled trades, women are the largest under-represented group. The number of women enrolled in trades programs in high schools and post-secondary institutions is on a gradual rise.

The opportunity in trades offer solid employment opportunities, rewarding careers and equal pay for both men and women.  In fact, the average life-time earnings of a person with a Red Seal Certification can surpass an individual with a 4 year university degree.

The Women in Trades Conference will be split into two segments.  The morning segment is for high school females and the evening session is open to the public.  Each of these sections will see a keynote speaker, a student panel and an industry panel.  The keynote speaker at the conference is Jamie McMillan.

 Jamie’s career as an Ironworker began in 2002. Working in a male-dominated industry Jamie enjoys the physical challenge and the ever-changing scope of work. She enjoys being one of the boys and is seen as an equal among her male counter parts. In 2003 Jamie became extremely passionate about promoting opportunities in the skilled trades to others.

Thank you to the Industry Training Authority,  WorkBC (Mission) and Lacey Construction for supporting Riverside College to make this event a success. 

Please contact Riverside College if you are interested in attending this conference during the day.  Please follow @riverside_75 for updates on trade show and a possible live feed of the event. There are opportunities available to have a table at our trade show or to help sponsor this event.