Did you know?

  • 50% of working women are concentrated in low-wage retail occupations. [WITT NN, 2002]
  • Only 12% of workers in the high-paying construction sector are women. [WITT NN, 2002]
  • Women working full-time, earned $33,494 in 1997, compared to $45,841 for men. [Survey of Consumer Finances, Income Trends in Canada, 1980-1997. ]
  • Women are severely under-represented in non-traditional apprenticeships that lead to well-paying jobs. [Ontario Ministry of Education, 1999.]
  • Women make up only 1.6% of the automotive workforce in this province. [Ontario Ministry of Education, 1999.]
  • Only 10% of registered apprentices in Ontario are female, and they are concentrated in lower-paying career choices. [Ontario Ministry of Education, 1999.]

Skills Work! For Women! Networking Dinners

“Skills Work! for Women”® Networking Dinners is an award-winning program designed for young women in high school. The event introduces young women interested in exploring skilled trades and technologies to female mentors currently working or studying in a related career field. Over the course of the evening, speakers talk about the challenges and rewards of their chosen career path, and the young women have the opportunity to network with female mentors from their community. The advice, guidance and inspiration the young women receive leaves them feeling both empowered and informed about various career choices available to them – many of which are in non-traditional or male-dominated areas.

Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) National Network
(Réseau national femmes dans les métiers et les technologies)

The Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) National Network was established in the late 1970s as an education and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to helping women achieve and maintain employment in trades, technology, operations and blue collar work. The WITT began by building local organizations to provide information, assistance and advice to women, colleges, government, employers and unions about integrating women in trades. Today, there are over 20 regional WITT groups across Canada.

The WITT provides information and services to business, labour, government and educators, and acts as a liaison among these groups. It develops and promotes guidelines and standards for welcoming women into the trades and for enhancing the work environment for women. It also seeks to educate the public and private sectors about women’s potential in trades and technology and to recognize and celebrate women’s achievements.

Contact Information:

Toll-free: (800) 895-WITT

Ottawa ON