Recognizing that some women may face difficulties when choosing to enter a trade school, the RBC Foundation has announced a $700,000 grant for female students at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).
The funding will provide seven students with a $3,000 bursary based on need, academic performance and commitment during each academic year.
In addition to the bursaries, a team of six women (made up of students, apprentices and journeypersons) will be trained as volunteer mentors to help others enrolled in TRU trades programs on an ongoing basis. An RBC mentorship coordinator will also be assigned to provide support and guidance to women enrolled in the trades programs.
“Trades training at TRU is one of our traditional foundations and an integral part of how this university serves the needs of the province,” said Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor.
“This gift to TRU’s Foundation Trades program will build the economic capacity of women, thus improving their lives, the lives of their families and their communities.”
This grant will be the largest donation RBC has made in BC, outside of the Lower Mainland.
“The advancement of women within the workforce and in their communities is a key focus for RBC,” said Graham MacLachlan, Regional President, BC, RBC.
“Skilled tradespeople are in great demand all across Canada. The RBC Women in Trades Training Program will help women overcome the financial barriers to training for a new career, while helping address a critical skills gap in British Columbia.”