Women belong in the Skilled Trades. Opportunities for women in non-traditional occupations have been growing for years, and we’ve seen so many women and gender-diverse people thrive. Despite facing barriers like gender discrimination, women in Skilled Trades have succeeded in “proving them wrong.” Now, they have careers they love, stability, and the confidence to know they can take on anything. We’ve talked to women in Skilled Trades around the world to share their stories, and inspire others to pursue a career in Skilled Trades.
We created the hashtag #ActuallyICan to tell the stories of these amazing women realizing their potential and excelling in a career they’re passionate about. Use the hashtag #ActuallyICan to share your story of succeeding in traditionally male-dominated spaces!
Meet Casey Kramer, Journeyperson Plumber
Where is your favourite place skilled trades has taken you?
Skilled trades have provided me the opportunity to provide for my daughter as a single mom.
How did you get into skilled trades?
My dad was a plumber and always encouraged me to pursue a career in the trades. 10 years later I haven’t looked back.
How have you grown through your work in skilled trades?
Becoming more confident as a journeyperson. I had amazing tradespeople teach me throughout my apprenticeship.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The atmosphere – we work hard, but the days are always filled with laughter.
What advice would you give to a woman looking to get into skilled trades?
Don’t give up!!! Sometimes you’ll really want to, but just keep going. 5 years from now, when you have your ticket, you will be so thankful you stuck with it.
Think Skilled Trades is the career path for you? Learn more about YWCA Hamilton’s no-cost Pre-Apprenticeship program: