Encana and ExxonMobil: Empowering Young Women in Science, Trades and Technology
Women are currently under-represented in careers in the sciences, trades and technology across the country. In Atlantic Canada, a Halifax-based program called Techsploration is looking to change that by encouraging young women to pursue careers in a number of technical fields.
Encana and ExxonMobil are longstanding supporters of this joint initiative of the Nova Scotia Community College, the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education Apprenticeship Training Division, and Women in Trades and Technology.
Techsploration: Nova Scotia encourages young women in Grades 9 to 12 to explore careers in sciences, trades and technology. In addition to showcasing potential careers, the program stresses the importance of high school math as a strong foundation for work in many technical fields. As part of its support, Encana has also funded the development of the Women in Action web video series. These testimonial videos feature women in non-traditional careers relevant to the oil and natural gas industry, from power engineering to pipe fitting. To view these videos, visit www.techsploration.ca/videos/.