What happened to the WITT Grads?
BY MARCIA BRAUNDY AND
Employment Equity target setting for trades and technology areas is based on workforce requirements and the numbers of available qualified or qualifiedly women (or other designated groups) in operational, professional, and technical jobs. Courses like Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) provide those candidates. WITT courses have been cut back right across the country without ever having been evaluated by Employment and Immigration Canada (EIC), the major funding source.
In 1988, sponsored by EIC and Labour Canada, Kootenay WITT under- took a national study of the graduates of orientation courses in trades and technology. We divided our study into two parts: national random sample questionnaire survey, administrated by Patti Schorn Moffat, to obtain data; and nine focus group interviews in eight provinces, conducted by Marcia Braundy, to find out about the qualitative experience of being in the WITT program. There were 212 responses to the questionnaire and 72 women in the focus groups. Without going into the details of methodology (which are contained in the research document,) we share some of the results with you.