Created in 1997, Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) is a provincial non-profit organization committed to increasing women’s participation in trades and technology. With private and public funding, WRDC offers a variety of programs and services to address the challenges surrounding the attraction, recruitment, retention and advancement of women in these sectors.
Successfully increasing the participation of women in these fields requires a comprehensive “lifecycle” approach, supporting women at all points in the career cycle. Our charitable arm, the Educational Resource Centre (ERC), was created in 2002, to provide hands-on learning and career exploration opportunities for younger women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as skilled trades.
Our key activities include:
- career exploration programs;
- career counselling and employment assistance services;
- recruitment and retention consultation and training for employers; and
- collaborating with key stakeholders such as training institutions, employers, labour unions, government departments and community groups to identify solutions to issues commonly identified by women in trades and technology.
WRDC recognizes the importance of engaging all stakeholders in efforts to increase women’s participation in trades and technology careers. In addition to our ongoing discussions with private, public, education, labour and industry partners, WRDC also collaborates with key stakeholders through facilitation and participation in research initiatives, steering committees, advisory councils, community forums, and industry events.