“We need to drive aggressive agendas because five per cent of women in the trades isn’t good enough,” Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training, said at the announcement. The association said it is also trying to retain women in the workforce at a time when the province is suffering from a skills shortage of 7,900 workers. More women are entering the trades than ever, but retention rates remain low, the association said. Anecdotally, it estimates fewer than half of women stay in their apprenticeships in the first year, compared with 70 per cent of men READ HERE
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