From Apprenticeship Trends - Table #4  Economic.Services, BC & Yukon Region,

Employment& Immigration Canada

BC Gov. Stats

 

Apprenticeship Trades in British Columbia by Gender

 

 

 

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991 August

1998

1999

 

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Carpenter

 

1262

16

974

16

875

24

1024

25

1148

20

1622

23

1902

20

1912

22

1677

31

627

15

Ind/Com Electician

 

 

949

21

848

17

949

14

1154

18

1598

17

2073

20

2009

21

1880

46

682

19

Plumber

 

454

4

393

1

367

0

390

1

496

2

727

2

873

3

943

4

844

10

294

5

Steam/Pipefitter

 

205

1

148

1

116

1

129

0

166

1

206

1

249

2

245

4

82

0

41

2

Machinist

 

259

1

214

0

214

4

271

4

326

3

380

2

379

4

329

4

211

14

81

1

Sheet Metal Worker

331

3

267

2

241

0

225

1

250

1

358

3

449

3

432

2

229

2

157

2

Welder

 

56

0

66

0

53

1

59

3

92

2

99

1

120

0

1103

0

0

0

33

2

Boilermaker

 

129

3

121

3

110

3

92

3

113

2

107

2

114

1

105

4

73

6

29

0

Industrial Mechanic

476

2

353

1

283

0

311

0

400

1

565

4

673

4

635

4

51

1

19

0

Heavy Equip. Repair

579

2

463

3

459

3

462

1

460

0

546

0

581

0

512

0

375

1

118

0

Motor Vehicle Mech

1016

8

1012

9

1180

13

1336

16

1366

10

1446

11

1527

9

1502

7

1403

20

505

12

Vehicle Body Repair

308

3

263

4

282

5

308

1

299

0

315

2

307

2

290

1

406

0

163

2

 

The Federal Government withdrew from responsibility for providing in-school training for apprentices in the early 1990s, reducing the availability of quality statistics. Between 1991 and 1997, it was extremely difficult to access information disaggregated by sex through the Provincial Government information systems, regardless of requests I made as Chair of the Provincial Apprenticeship Board Equity Committee. It became even more difficult when the private sector Industrial Training and Apprenticeship Commission (ITAC) took over the system, even though they were responsible under a legislated mandate to increase the participation of under-represented groups. After 1999, ITAC included the additional category of unknown when requesting identification by sex, i.e. Male, Female, Unknown. It is now impossible to determine progress on equity integration in apprenticeship. The new Industrial Training Authority took over in 2000. The new legislation eliminated any requirement to pursue equity in apprenticeship.