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Research

In order to better understand the context in which Yukon tradespeople – and women among them – work and study, YWITT conducts research projects with employers, industry representatives, unions, instructors, administrators and NGOs who work with women in trades.

Doing It Right (2021)

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Doing It Right (2021-2023)

 As a follow up to our “Making it Work”,  report, we're pleased to announce the launch of "Doing it Right".

 

Making it Work highlighted several issues that women face when employed in careers in skilled trades and technology fields.  These included harassment in the workplace and the lack of supports necessary for them to develop rewarding careers.  More needs to be learned about the issues that skilled women face, supports and strategies need to be developed  and, women involved in these situations need to be involved in making the changes.

 

YWITT has received funding from the Future Skills Council to collect the real-life situations that Yukon women employed in the skilled trades and technology fields experience.  Through engagement and working groups, we will assist them to identify and create strategies (individual, organizational and community based) to address issues they face.

 

The project, led by Yukon Women in Trades and Technology, will involve working with 12-15 participants.  These will include people who identify as women, are of Indigenous and non- Indigenous ancestry and are apprentices or employed in skilled trades and technology fields. Apprentices, recent graduates, and those with experience in their field are invited to participate.

 

Participants will connect with the program coordinators monthly to discuss their experiences and will also participate in regular group meetings (once every three months). Group meetings will provide a supportive forum for sharing experiences, identifying issues, and peer support.  A major role for this working group is also to analyze issues and identify solutions.  

 

The project will start in June of 2021 and run until March 2023. At the end of the project we will present the real-life experiences of women working in trades and technology and identify common experiences and themes.  And, more importantly, present strategies for making changes on a system wide level.

This research is made possible through the support of the Future Skills Centre.  

Take a look at our project and other Shock-Proofing the Future of Work Projects.

Making It Work (2019)

Making it Work (2019)

Making it Work (2019),  is a report that consolidates the experiences of Yukon women in Trades & Technology to offer recommendations to better the landscape for all Yukon Tradespeople.

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What are we looking for?

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"We envision a workplace where leadership openly models respect for worker differences with the express intent of engendering a psychologically safe workplace. An employer who invests in the education of all workers toward preventing bullying and harassment and is properly preparing to address such issues promptly..."

What needs to change?

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