Helping Women Kick Down Doors to Success in the Trades
Insight How KickAss Careers motivates and inspires youth to consider a pathway in skilled trades and technology.
Let’s face it, not everyone wants to be a lawyer, doctor, or whitecollar professional. Think about it, everything from the deepest mine to the furthest space station has been designed, built, and maintained by someone who works with their hands. So why have we as a society overlooked the importance of skilled labour? We have created a problematic shortage and we need workers now.
I have been working in construction for 17 years as a female ironworker and though I love my career, I often wonder why more women have not considered a similar pathway. In 2006, I began volunteering as a mentor to raise awareness of the need for women in the trades. In 2014, I founded KickAss Careers, an organization dedicated to engaging, educating and encouraging youth to consider pathways in skilled trades and technology.
Apprentices and journeyman-level ambassadors represent the KickAss team. They attend events and exhibits to mentor and share their stories of success in the skilled trades while motivating and inspiring thousands of youth, parents, educators, and employers across North America. Our team is grateful for every opportunity to share the skilled trades’ message, especially with young women. Women proved long ago that they have what it takes to succeed in the industry.
In the ongoing effort to recruit and retain a future workforce, it’s important that we include women. KickAss Careers is proud to be partnered with the OCNI STEP program and we look forward to future collaborations and partnerships with like-minded organizations. We are stronger together.