Halifax to Host Women in Non-traditional Careers National Conference

Labour and Advanced Education

January 27, 2012 11:10 AM

NOTE: A social media version of this release with hi-res, downloadable photos is available at http://gov.ns.ca/news/smr/2012-01-27-Careers-National-Conference .

Large-scale projects such as shipbuilding and offshore exploration will bring a large demand for skilled workers and a boom in opportunities for women in non-traditional careers.

Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, along with Nan Armour, chair of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT), and industry representatives, officially launched the CCWESTT conference at Irving Shipbuilding, today, Jan. 27.

"We are thrilled to host this national conference," said Ms. More. "We are committed to increasing the participation of women in science, engineering, trades and technology. To accomplish this, we have to work in partnership with industry, educational institutions, community organizations and unions to provide opportunities for women in non-traditional careers. This is yet another example of jobsHere, our plan to create good jobs and grow the economy, in action."

The biennial conference, which will take place in Halifax for the first time May 3-5, will attract more than 300 participants from across Canada.

"The theme for the conference is Inspiring a SeaChange … Moving Forward Together," said Ms. Armour. "Although we are making progress, there are many barriers facing women in these non-traditional careers. Having the conference here in Halifax provides women and employers with a wonderful opportunity to work together to remove these barriers and help women to fully participate in jobs such as trades and engineering.

"It will also enable employers to address skills shortages in these fields."

"I am confident that, together with our partners, we can move forward so that girls and women can choose to have a viable and accessible career in science, engineering, trades and technology," said Ms. More.

For more information on the CCWESTT conference, visit www.ccwestt2012.ca.


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     Nova Scotia will host a biennial conference which aims to

increase the number women working in science, engineering, trades

and technology.

      The CCWESTT conference will take place in Halifax, May 3-5,

and will attract more than 300 participants from across Canada.

     Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education,

and Nan Armour, chair of the Canadian Coalition of Women in

Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology officially launched

the CCWESTT conference at Irving Shipbuilding today

(January 27th).

     Ms. More says she is confident the province and its partners

can move forward so that girls and women can choose to have a

viable and accessible career in science, engineering, trades and

technology.

     For more information, visit w-w-w dot c-c-west-t 2012 dot

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Media Contact: Deborah Bayer
              Labour and Advanced Education
              Cell: 902-225-4982
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