The Quest for Balance
Up until now, women have made up only a small fraction of the skilled trades in Canada. The Electrical Joint Training Committee has set a goal: women are to reach a 20 percent share in the EJTC’s apprenticeship program in the near future. With the support of the government, we are recruiting women through online media and career fairs. We invite you to consider a career in the electrical trades. The current wage for a certified electrician in IBEW 213 is more than $41.00 per hour, plus valuable pension and health benefits. As you progress, you will find increasing variety in your work and the opportunity for advancement.
The EJTC is allied with the IBEW 213 Women’s Committee, the BC Centre for Women in the Trades and other tradeswomen’s organizations. We recognize that women face special challenges in the trades. We support efforts by unions and employers to make the workplace welcoming and respectful so that women will want to stay on the job.
Additionally, the government recently announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women which provides $3,000 per year or level, up to a maximum amount of $6,000, to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their first or second year/level of an apprenticeship program in eligible Red Seal trades.
When you become an apprentice in the EJTC program, you’re welcome to join the IBEW 213 Women’s Committee. It’s a safe place for women to support each other, grow together, and learn about our union, and to build solidarity within our gender.
I can’t say enough good things about the EJTC’s Indigenous training partnership. It was wonderful to have a process that prepared me and my classmates for the electrical trades. And having classroom work every morning and shop every afternoon was really beneficial.
I would highly recommend the ELTT program to anyone preparing to become an electrician. The Electrical Joint Training Committee provides you with a very strong foundation and the hands-on practice that you need to prepare yourself for the job.
I was looking at a bunch of careers, and I realized I wanted to be hands-on. I didn’t want to be at a desk. Within the trades, electrical was the most interesting, and the EJTC offered the best entry-level program. It led me into an apprenticeship where I’m working with a team, feeling the satisfaction of finishing big projects, and getting regular wage increases!