Funding program launched for women in construction trades

Published on August 18, 2010

The Long Harbour Employers Association (LHEA) and the Resource Development Council (RDC) announced today they have provided funding of $383,200 for initiatives aimed at creating training opportunities for women in Newfoundland and Labrador in the construction trades.

According to a news release, funding for the training initiatives is being provided by a joint committee of employers and unions which was established as part of the collective agreement signed by the LHEA and the RDC prior to construction beginning on Vale’s nickel processing plant in Long Harbour.

It is expected that over the life of the project, $1 million will be committed to the training of women in construction trades.

Jackie Lamothe, human resources manager for Vale in Newfoundland and Labrador, said “the partnership of the LHEA and the RDC, which led to the creation of the Diversity Committee, shares common goals aimed at creating awareness of career opportunities presented by the construction trades, removing barriers that prevent women or other under-represented groups from pursing the trades as a career, and providing financial support for training.”

The release states the Diversity Committee solicited proposals from RDC member unions to train women to become apprentices or acquire skills necessary for the Long Harbour project. Following a review of the submissions received, proposals that have received funding support include:

• United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Carpenters Local 579 and Carpenters Millwrights College proposal to train eight female apprentices to do heavy form work. The amount of the approval is to a maximum of $64,000.

• International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Newfoundland, BAC Local 01, NL and BAC Masonry College; approved $49,200 for six females in cement finishing.

• Millwrights Local Union 1009 and Carpenters Millwrights College have been approved at a max of $10,000/student/to a maximum of $150,000.

• International Union of Operating Engineers, Local Union 904 and Operating Engineers College have been approved for $120,000.

The Diversity Committee continues to review other opportunities to provide support for additional training.