News Release: Grade 5 & 6 Girls Invited to Test Out the Trades


(WINNIPEG, MB, MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018) This Thursday, about 90 Grade 5 and 6 girls from three Manitoba school divisions will be at the Winnipeg Construction Association’s Construction Education Centre for the 3rd annual Unlocking the Toolkit event.

Hosted by Manitoba Women in Construction (MWC) and Manitoba Status of Women, this one-day event provides female students the opportunity to explore careers in the construction trades and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) through interactive demonstrations with women role models. The event will feature eight hands-on activities facilitated by tradeswomen and women in areas such as carpentry, electrical, virtual reality simulations, plumbing, pipefitting, ironwork, sciences and engineering.

The event aims to increase female representation in construction and STEM related occupations, by encouraging young women to consider a career in the trades, jobs which are not traditionally held by women. Status of Women studies reveal the best time to introduce girls to the different opportunities available to them is in Grades 5 and 6. With recent industry reports of a looming skilled-labour shortage, the time to educate underrepresented groups on what it means to work in the construction industry is now.

“It also gives women in this industry an opportunity to showcase to young females what a career in construction can be for a woman,” said Teri Urban, Immediate Past Chair for MWC and Unlocking the Toolkit planning committee representative. “When we were all younger we never had that opportunity. Especially the ladies in the trades, they never had anyone telling them that if you like working with your hands and you like a challenging career that a trade could be a really good option for you.”

Event Details

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Winnipeg Construction Association’s Construction Education Centre, 1447 Waverley Street, Winnipeg, MB

What: Grades 5 & 6 girls getting hands-on opportunities to test out the trades with experienced tradeswomen


  • Female Grade 5 and 6 Students
  • Unlocking the Toolkit Tradeswomen and Exhibitors
  • Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for Status of Women



For more information, contact:

Carla Larabie, Trades Outreach Director, Manitoba Women in Construction  Cell: 204-997-4642


Manitoba Women in Construction is an initiative of the Winnipeg Construction Association.

Posted on: April 16, 2018

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