Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) was established to foster an environment that will increase the participation of women in the trades and technology sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador.
WRDC is achieving this through the elimination of barriers that exclude or discourage women from seeking employment in these sectors.
Its work includes:
- providing increased access to training for women,
- educating the general public, and
- development of policies that promote the involvement of women in the natural resource and trades/technical industries.
The picture of Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is rich in natural resources such as oil and gas, minerals, fish and forests. The past ten years have seen much change in the industries that develop these resources. New technologies, new discoveries and new attitudes have lead to growth in the natural resource industries - leading to an increase in jobs.
Women are under-represented in the trades and technological occupations in this province. During the construction phase of the Hibernia project, women composed only 5% of those employed on the Hibernia construction site at Bull Arm. Today women compose only 5% of those working on the Hibernia platform out at sea.
Working for equal opportunities
Throughout history women have proven their skills in a wide variety of occupations. Still today a woman earns less than 70 cents for every dollar earned by a man in the same job in most occupations. Through several projects, including training, WRDC aims to increase the participation and recognition of women in the natural resource development sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.
All WRDC staff are available for speaking engagements and among them cover many topics from industry related training and issues of women in male-dominated workplaces through to gender-sensitivity training.
WRDC houses the WRDC Educational Resource Centre open to individuals, groups and industry.