BC Centre For Women in the Trades: Final Evaluation Report - SRDC

BC Centre For Women in the Trades: Final Evaluation Report

Authors:Susanna GurrBasia Pakula

The BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) project is a Sector Labour Market Partnership project funded through the Canada-BC Labour Market Development Agreement. Its purpose is to address the barriers to the recruitment, retention, and career advancement of women in the trades. Three program components were designed to meet the project objectives:

(1) Outreach and mentorship for tradeswomen;

(2) Shifting the culture through leadership development and training; and

(3) Building workforce diversity through organizational capacity.

In collaboration with the project partners, the BC Federation of Labour is funded to implement the BCCWITT from May 2, 2018 to May 1, 2020. The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation designed and carried out the evaluation to capture the effects of BCCWITT’s activities and to assess the program outcomes. The evaluation period in this report is from May 2018 to December 2019 — 18 months. The evaluation was grounded in a mixed-methods approach. The data sources consisted of administrative data; surveys with tradeswomen; surveys with participants in the Be More than a Bystander training; surveys with participants in the Diversity and Inclusion train-the-trainer training; focus groups with women in trades; and interviews with employers, program staff and stakeholders. A detailed description of the methods and data sources is included in the report.

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