Enhancing the Women in SETT Leadership Program in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) is an action-oriented organization that aspires to recruit, retain and advance women in SETT fields. It takes a national focus on advocating for women’s full inclusion in SETT workplaces and fosters links between academia, industry, governments, professional associations, unions and non-government organizations. The Centre was incorporated in 2009 as a Canadian not-for-profit corporation. WinSETT’s vision is a world where women participate fully in science, engineering, trades and technology.
The WinSETT Centre’s Women in SETT Leadership Program has been delivered for eight years in Newfoundland and Labrador (2010-2018), through a partnership with WISE NL and company and university sponsorship. It has delivered 30 interactive leadership workshops during this time, and about 400 women from many different workplaces throughout the province have participated in the program.
This project will focus on the low number of women being retained, supported and promoted in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology fields and to increase women in underrepresented areas of the labour force.
Primary Research Question
This project will answer two key questions:
- What impact has the WinSETT Leadership Program had on the women in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) who have taken the program and their organizations?
- Can the Leadership Program be made more effective and more available to women in isolated and remote workplaces in NL through the delivery of a series of webinars?
Research led by Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre)
Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s, Labrador City)
March 2019 – October 2021 *This research project is completed.
Research Project Updates
This video was presented at the NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable 2021 on October 5:
Research Project Deliverables
Research findings were used to update the curriculum of WinSETT’s Leadership Program and led to the development of a rubric which will continue to be used in future.
Online Skill Builders courses were also developed, designed to be as close to an in-person experience as possible. Courses were piloted and delivered to 237 participants of various organizations of NL.
Key insights include the benefits of having external subject matter experts reviewing the work throughout the project and having the opportunity to build capacity of WinSETT’s internal team throughout the process which will save resources on future projects.
This slide deck was presented at a Stakeholder Briefing on April 19, 2022.