Organized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, in conjunction with numerous partners, including Emploi-Québec, the Hats Off to You! contest is held in every region of Québec. The contest promotes female participation in secondary- and college-level male-dominated training programs. Currently, females account for 11% of students enrolled in vocational training programs and just under 20% in technical training programs. A trade is considered male-dominated if women make up less than a third of total workers.
If you would like to learn about the stereotypes associated with certain trades, try out this Quiz on male-dominated trades (French only) on the website of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
The “Work Force Integration” category of the contest, which is supported by Emploi-Québec, targets females enrolled in vocational or technical training and who have returned to school in a traditionally male-dominated program (most offer good job prospects). Emploi-Québec awards two cash prizes of $2,000: one to the top woman candidate in vocational training and the other to the top woman candidate in technical training.
Contest candidates must meet the eligibility requirements defined in the application guide available on the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport website .
Candidates must also write a text no more than one page long answering the following questions:
Participants also have access to the usual Emploi-Québec services, through its local employment center (CLEs) , to help them join the labour market