A Kimberley woman says there needs to be more females in the trades.
Alysha Buchy is responding to a recent study that says women account for just 4.5 per cent of Canadian skilled trades workers.
She says its a great opportunity for anyone, regardless of gender.
“I just feel like its always been male dominated,” Buchy says. “There’s a few girls up there and I see a lot more going into the trades. Like in school, I was in with a couple girls and I think its definitely expanding.”
She says its tough for women to see past the stereotypical male roles in her field, but more are finding their place in the industry.
“Electrical, for me out of all the trades seemed the cleanest and definitely sparked my interest the most,” Buchy says. “But I think there needs to be more awareness on it and more awareness that its not so much male dominated anymore. Its becoming more of a women’s field as well.”
The manufacturers association is calling on government and companies to step up efforts and encourage girls to get into trades or science based fields.
– Mining apprentice Alysha Buchy