Not utilizing women in the trades can create an artificial labor shortage says a member of a new trade network for women.

The Women’s Access to Trades Network is a new initiative with the intent of building a network to support changes in the way access to the trades occurs to increase the number of women entering them, explained Jane Wilson, director for women’s services at Community MicroSkills Development Centre and director for women’s services and coordinator for the project.

“We know that despite program such as ours, women remain seriously underrepresented in some of the most important areas of the trades. By important, I mean those that are going to be experiencing labor shortages, those that are better paid,” she said. From The Daily Commercial News and Construction Record.