Alberta government appoints first female trade board chair in 71 years
Minister Marlin Schmidt said the board appointment was made through an open application process
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Alberta's newest apprenticeship industry board chair is an experienced boilermaker – and the first female in the province's history to hold her new position.
On Monday, Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt announced j'Amey Holroyd as the new Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Chair (AIT).
This is one of the first announcements since he implemented the somewhat controversial policy of accepting open applications to board positions.
What's more is Holroyd marks the first woman to chair the AIT board in its 71-year history.
"She's highly qualified," said Schmidt. "As a woman in a non-traditional trade, I think she brings a unique experience that will serve the board very well."
But Holroyd said she's hoping to prove her experience is the top reason she got the job. Her lengthy resume is packed with experience from her over 17-year experience in the trades. She has a boilermaker trade certificate and served six years on the boilermaker provincial apprenticeship committee.
"I really appreciate the system because it's industry driven," Holroyd said. "It has this ability to positively impact the safety and success of Albertans and their families, it helps so many people get a career that has so many options and possibilities."
Holroyd said the exposure of having a woman as chair is positive, and will hopefully encourage other women to know there aren't boundaries in what career paths they take.
According to Schmidt the trades currently have about a 10 per cent female representation, and currently the AIT board has three out of nine female members.
"On her merit alone she stood head and shoulders above all other applicants we had," said Schmidt. "While we're far from gender parity, women are now very well represented on the board compared to the population of women in the apprenticeship system."
The board's role is to communicate directly with Schmidt to develop the province's apprenticeship system. That includes training, recruitment and the curriculum hours.