Programs help women enter variety of trades

Just 4 per cent of construction workers women
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/19/2010

In her early 20s, Nicole Martini was working in retail in Kelowna, B.C., and didn’t know what kind of career she wanted. She knew it wasn’t retail and she didn’t like the idea of going back to a typical school environment — sitting in class all day and reading books instead of doing something concrete.

“My mom had told me about trades. All my family was in trades,” she said.

But with so many different trades to choose from, and no background in any of them, Martini didn’t know where to start.