A new website to connect women with information and resources about career development opportunities in the engineering and technology sectors is now live.
The womeninengtech.ca website is one of the first outcomes of the Sector Labour Market Partnership Project—a joint initiative of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC (ACEC-BC). The website features events and resources, as well as information about the project’s Champion network—an opportunity for individuals, employers, secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions to collaborate to break down barriers to women and girls accessing engineering and technology career paths in BC.
The Sector Labour Market Partnership Project is a 2-year pilot of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, designed to develop recruitment opportunities and enhance retention for women in engineering and technology sectors. The $993,000 contract for the project was announced by the Ministry in May 2019.
This funding will address priority areas such as outreach to secondary schools and post-secondary schools, and will help the participating associations develop tools to incorporate diversity and inclusive practices in the workplace, hold lunch-and-learns for employers, and host virtual career fairs for Indigenous women, internationally trained individuals, and persons with diverse abilities.
The funding will also help Engineers and Geoscientists BC further advance the 30 by 30 initiative, spearheaded by Engineers Canada, to increase newly registered female engineers to 30 percent by 2030.
Visit womeninengtech.ca to learn more about the project, access information and resources, or to sign up to be a Champion.
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