Laurie Beckstead

Laurie Beckstead

Laurie Beckstead is the Director of the Trades Talent Link project, funded by the IRCC, at the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. Trades Talent Link is a primary research project examining the skills gaps that exist between newcomers and skilled trades employers. As a long-time advocate for careers in the skilled trades, Beckstead has practical experience in the residential construction industry, as well as teaching in trades diploma and certificate programs at the post-secondary level. She believes that there are good jobs in the trades and takes pleasure in demonstrating this to her clients.
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Engaging employers to create client opportunities in the skilled trades

Employer engagement is a critical component of workforce development programs because it is through these activities that we are better able to align our programs with the needs of employers....