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 Kaitlyn Pressley, Powerline Technician
How did you get into skilled trades?
I always loved being outdoors, working with my hands, and learning new skills from my dad. He is a Powerline Technician as well, and that’s what originally peaked my interest in this trade.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Being outdoors. I love nature, seeing wildlife and all weather types, (yes even the cold). As well as the physicality of the job. I’ve grown up being a multi-sport athlete and love that I can still stay physically fit while being at work.
“Actually I can climb to new heights and love what I do.”
What advice would you give to a woman looking to get into skilled trades?
Stay strong, be tough, and focus on your learning. It can be tough hearing some of the discouraging words that get said, but if you try hard, and stay competitive with your co-workers it shows you are meant to be there. Anyone can do any job, it’s just the mindset that sets us apart.
Think Skilled Trades is the career path for you? Learn more about YWCA Hamilton’s no-cost Pre-Apprenticeship program: