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Local trades industry looking for a few good women

'A lot of women don’t think about the industry as a way to make a living, but it is a great way to do so,' says official, noting bursaries available for Simcoe County women

The Barrie Construction Association’s Women in Construction group is preparing for its second annual bursary for female students entering post-secondary education in the 2021-22 school year with a focus on those entering the trades.

Tamarco office manager Julie Harris says there is a need for more women in trades.

“This is a great way to continue the push to get women into trades. A lot of women don’t think about the industry as a way to make a living, but it is a great way to do so,” Harris said.

Harris has been involved in the trades for almost 20 years and hopes to see more women join this year. 

“At the moment, we are able to offer a $500 bursary to at least three women,” Harris said. “We are doing some more fundraising and hoping to be able to offer it to four or five women.”

Last year, there were approximately 10 submissions for the contest.

Those interested in applying can send an email to womeninconstructionbarrie@gmail.com and should include a short essay about themselves, what career path they have chosen and why, and why they believe women in the trades is important.

The submission deadline is April 23 and selected recipients will be notified in May, with the presentation date on May 25. 

Participants are asked to include contact information.

The bursary is open to residents of Simcoe County only.


Shawn Gibson

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Shawn Gibson is a staff writer based in Barrie
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