Increased Funding for Women Building Futures
The province is increasing funding to help more women enter the skilled trades and build rewarding futures for themselves, their families and all Albertans. The Government of Alberta is providing Women Building Futures, a non-profit-career-building organization, with $10 million over the next four years. The investment will ensure the province is able to meet the growing demand for skilled labour. Initial funding this year of $2.5 million will enable Women Building Futures to expand its programming.
Women Building Futures works alongside industry to offer training, mentoring and support for women considering a career in the trades. Currently, women represent only 5.3 per cent of the total participation in the construction and maintenance industry. This additional funding will enable the organization to expand its programming across the province and increase the participation rate of women, help the province address labour market shortages and support a growing economy.