ITA Marks International Women's Day by Celebrating Women in Trades
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 11:50 AM
By Christina Doll
Prince George, B.C.
The Industrial Training Authority (ITA) is marking International Women's Day by drawing attention to women in trades.
As of today, 1500 British Columbian women have participated in trades training through the ITA's Women in Trades Program. Over the past year, 54 women in the Cariboo region and 18 in Prince George have taken part in the program.
Spokeswoman Jessi Zielke says she's pleased women have jumped at the chance for a non-traditional career.
"I think any time a person goes into a non-traditional environment, there are barriers and so what our programs do is specifically address those barriers to ensure that the women are well prepared and are knowledgeable about what they need to have before they go onto the job site."
The first International Women's Day was celebrated over a hundred years ago to mark the struggle for women's rights. The theme this year is that women in rural, remote and northern communities are key to economic prosperity.