Girls & Women
New Boots: Progressing Women in Trades is a provincial network and resource hub that aims to promote, support and mentor women in non-traditional skilled trades sectors such as: construction, maintenance, manufacturing, automotive, truck and transport and forestry.
New Boots started in 2015 as a pilot project research initiative which followed 18 female apprentices across 9 skilled trades. The goal of the project was to better understand the challenges women face when entering a non-traditional skilled trade, to promote skilled trades as a viable career option for women and increase the participation of women in non-traditional skilled trades apprenticeships in New Brunswick. Due to the success of this pilot project, New Boots was developed into the provincial network it is known as today.
NEW BOOTS: A term commonly used in the construction industry to describe new apprentices on a job site.
New Boots is a network & resource hub for girls and/or women who are either:
- Considering a career in a non-traditional skilled trade
- A registered apprentice
- A student enrolled in a skilled trades pre-employment program
- A certified journeyperson
New Boots services include:
- Connection to a network of females working in skilled trades
- Mentoring from experienced tradeswomen
- Resources, tools and/or referrals to appropriate services
- Workforce support such as employment leads and resume building
- Opportunities to get involved with community outreach
Do you need assistance? We can help!
- Assistance exploring careers in a non-traditional skilled trade
- Information about pre-employment skilled trades programs in NB
- Information about the current job market in NB
- Help finding employment in your region
- Assistance with resume writing, networking, interview practice, etc.
- Connection to a network of females working in trades
- Volunteer participation in events featuring women in trades, such as luncheon, suppers, and conferences
- Become a mentor for girls and women as a female apprentice or female journeyperson
- Become a New Boots Ambassador (NBA) to help us promote careers in skilled trades to girls and women in exploration fairs and other similar events