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CAF-FCA to Host First-Ever Supporting Women In Trades Conference

Nov 2, 2018 - one year ago

By Supply Post

Delegates will travel from across Canada to attend the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s (CAF-FCA’s) first-ever, Supporting Women in Trades Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In partnership with the Government of Nova Scotia and others, CAF-FCA will host more than 350 delegates at the sold-out, two-day event. The agenda showcases promising practices and great initiatives underway across Canada to attract, prepare, up-skill and support women in the skilled trades. CAF-FCA will develop a Road Map to Supporting Women in the Trades based on best practices learned and action items resulting from conversation at the event.

CAF-FCA Executive Director, France Daviault points out that “our community is committed to moving the needle on the conversation about female participation in the trades. Great work is being undertaken in every corner of the country and CAF-FCA will be the catalyst for establishing next steps to support the progression of women in the trades.”

Monday, November 5 at 2:00pm AST, Mandy Rennehan, Blue-Collar CEO & Founder, (not the grocery store!) and keynote speaker for Supporting Women in Trades, will appear at a media event on the Ivany Campus of Nova Scotia Community College. Mandy will meet trades students, share her advice for young women who want to pursue a career in the skilled trades and answer questions from the media.

For more information on the Supporting Women in Trades Conference, visit:​

Quick Facts:

•             Women represent close to half of the Canadian workforce yet their participation in the trades remains low and primarily in fields with lower earning potential.

•             According to the 2015 National Apprenticeship Survey, the majority of apprentices are Canadian-born, white males.  Women represent half the population in Canada, but make up only 13.7% of apprentices.

•             Female apprentices are concentrated in trades such as hairstylist and esthetician (89 per cent), food service (40 per cent), landscape and horticulture (25 per cent), interior finishing (9 per cent), electronics and instrumentation (8 per cent), welders (8 per cent) and automotive service technicians (5 per cent). Less than 5 per cent of the apprentice population in other trades is female.


CAF-FCA influences pan-Canadian apprenticeship strategies through research and discussion, and promotes apprenticeship as an effective model for training and education. Visit for more information.

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