Mirror, Mirror on the Wall; Who do Nova Scotia Tradeswomen Call?

NS tradeswomen gather at the Office to Advance Women Apprentices supporting female apprentices in skilled trades

“Nova Scotia Tradeswomen are being supported more than ever before and benefiting from a host of supports and services offered by both the NS Apprenticeship Agency and the Office to Advance Women Apprentices”, explains Lovessa Johnson, Program Manager for WIT.

The Women in Trades (WIT) Office was established in 2019, within the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA), as a result of two federally funded initiatives. The focus of both initiatives, Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) and Women in Construction (WIC), is to recruit, retain and advance women in the skilled trades where they are under-represented, and to provide women with a more successful apprenticeship pathway.  The WIT Office strives to facilitate systematic change within the skilled trades in Atlantic Canada by working in collaboration with eligible employers to create welcoming, inclusive workplaces and employment opportunities for women. 

 “The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency WIT Office values partnerships with like minded service providers”, says Lovessa, “and our WIT team has been collaborating to support female apprentices with Daphne and the Office to Advance Women Apprentices team since the very beginning.  When projects complement each other it only makes sense to work together to support female apprentices”.

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Daphne explains the relationship with the NSAA WIT team as essential to the work of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices –  “there is no apprentice without the NS Apprenticeship Agency!”.  Daphne goes on to say, “the Women in Trades team was formed within NSAA at about the same time that our office was opening; we immediately got busy with Lovessa and her team to see what each project brought to the table to support tradeswomen and we have been working together for our female apprentices ever since”.  “We are also fortunate to have Lovessa’s expertise on our founding Advisory Committee at the Office to Advance Women Apprentices”, Daphne laughs and adds, “I think we all have each other on speed dial now!”

Lovessa Johnson of WIT describes the “Office to Advance Women Apprentices as another fantastic resource for NS tradeswomen to utilize and another valued partner that shares the vision of NSAA.” We are working hard to create more space for women in skilled trades where they are under-represented.  Most effective in our collaborations, our respective teams meet at least twice each month to tackle issues and break down barriers facing apprentices.  Daphne is also a member on both the WIST and WIC Advisory Committees.  “We are happy to be working with the Office to Advance Women Apprentices team to support and advance women in the skilled trades in Nova Scotia”, adds Lovessa.

partners in women in trades from left to right Kim Kennedy and Marjorie Davison of NSAA, Daphne Goodine of Office to Advance Women Apprentices NS, Lovessa Johnson of NSAA Program Manager of WIT Division and Kelli Go
Partners in women in trades from left to right Kim Kennedy and Marjorie Davison of NSAA, Daphne Goodine of Office to Advance Women Apprentices NS, Lovessa Johnson of NSAA Program Manager of WIT Division and Kelli Gordon Skinner, Job Junction formerly of Women Unlimited.

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