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Raquel from Milwaukee Tool shares how she went from nursing to tools

Raquel McLaren is a Field Marketing rep with Milwaukee Tool. Her job is to inform and educate skilled tradespeople about the various tools, the innovations, the safety features as well as highlight the benefits of the Milwaukee brand. Raquel joined Build a Dream’s president, Nour Hachem-Fawaz to share her story: Check out Raquel’s interview as…

Tools of the Trade podcast advice for construction sites (and trades workers)

With construction being listed as an essential service during the COVID-19 outbreak, building will continue. That means work sites will still be bustling with workers in close proximity to one another, so it’s time to consider the implications of what this means. Colin Toop from Tools of the Trade podcast suggests analyzing areas of the…

The Ecosystem of the Healthcare Industry

The COVID-19 breakout has caused anxiety and fear, but also has highlighted essential services that each community requires to carry on. Healthcare branches off in different directions, with some areas being well-represented by women (like nursing), but the media attention is also highlighting every integral part of an ecosystem that cares for us in a time…

Female mechanic determined to follow her dream

Christel Nelson shared her journey with us because she wants it to be easier for other women to enter the automotive industry. From the beginning she was discouraged from pursuing her passion. She tells us what she overcame, how she endured and finally, how important confidence is to young women who are preparing to join…

What does an Inclusive Workplace actually mean?

We often hear that in order to expand the talent pool, business must become accommodating of a diverse workforce, but what is required beyond adding a second bathroom? Most of the accommodations are, in fact, social rather than physical. In order to make a person feel welcomed, it is essential that they feel that they have always belonged. Each business and crew are unique,…

Build a Dream receives federal investment to attract young women to skilled trades

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, was in Windsor on February 13, 2020, to make an announcement on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. From the robotics training lab at Valiant TMS, Minister Tassi announced that Build a Dream will receive $728,000 through the Skilled Trades…

5 Tips to Make Your Shop Floor More Inclusive

If you struggle to recruit women or other under-represented groups to your company, it might be time to take a new approach. To change the representation on your shop floor, you don’t need to change the qualifications that are required…what has to change is the lens that you look through for recruitment and assessment. Consider…

Beginning a welding career in Canada

Build a Dream encourages and inspires young women to consider career paths where women are underrepresented. Welding is most definitely among them! When parents are discussing the future with their daughters, or teachers are giving advice for careers for young women, welding is often an overlooked option. There are many reasons that a skilled trades…

A paramedic, a carpenter, and an entrepreneur walk into an expo…

Build a Dream London (November 26, 2019) promises to inspire the crowd with trailblazers from a variety of backgrounds. Regardless of the career path that young women will follow, the panel always offer advice that often can be applied to any field. MODERATOR: Jennifer Khan, Director, Talent Management, EllisDonJennifer is a passionate supporter of Build…

National campaign for trades awareness will need multi-pronged approached; directed at industry and parents, not just youth

The preparations for a national campaign to promote skilled trades will be directed by a newly-formed advisory committee, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on August 16 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. More information will be released in the future but the committee currently includes: Mandy Rennehan, Founder and CEO of Freshco Retail Maintenance Matt Wayland, Executive…

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