Resources for Women in the Skilled Trades
What is Apprenticeship?
Not sure what an apprenticeship is? Need to know where the closest Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities Apprenticeship Branch office is located?

Apprenticeship Retention Study

Business Case for Apprenticeship: if you ever wonder, "is it worth it for employers to hire and train apprentices", this series of handouts developed by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum - Forum canadien sur l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) will clearly show you that yes, it is worth the investment

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Offices: a listing of  the offices' contact information across Ontario

The Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program provides pre-apprenticeship training geared towards increasing the number of women in skilled trades. Following graduation, women are qualified to enter a variety of highly skilled and high-demand skilled trades jobs and apprenticeships. Here is a list of programs being offered into the year 2014


Canadian Construction Women: Vancouver-based organization that provides members with opportunities to support, mentor, network, provide learning and development and community involvement for women in construction trades

Financial Incentives and Apprenticeship Tax Credits: links to government programs incentives providing financial assistance to employers and job seekers


Moxie Trades: a local resource for women providing trades clothing, contractors, advice and more

Ontario Construction Secretariat (Made with the Trades): a multi-use site with information regarding construction-based skilled trades

Ontario Women's Directorate Preapprenticeship programs:

IT Training for Women: program providing training in IT-related careers that are in demand; involves up to a year in-class training and a work placement to gain on-the-job-skills

Women in Skilled Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training: class focus varies across the province and ranges from General Carpentry, Motive Power, Electrical, Horticulture and Painter/ Decorator

The Holmes Foundation: the mission of The Holmes Foundation is to ensure that all residential renovation and construction in Canada is done right–the first time; the foundation supports the training of youth in the skilled trades, through apprenticeships, scholarships and bursaries Mag Ruffman's Official Blog about "power tools, home repair, creativity and making stuff"

Women Building Futures: Alberta-based registered charity that supports women from all backgrounds to be successful in the skilled trades within their communities

Women in Nuclear (WIN) Canada: provides an opportunity for women to succeed in the industry through initiatives such as mentoring, networking, and personal development opportunities

Chicago Women in Trades: a Chicago-based organization working to increase the number of women in the skilled trades and eliminate barriers preventing women from entering non-traditional occupations

Build TogetHER: a Canadian Building Trades Union program that supports and promotes women in the trades.


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