Skilled Trades

The skilled trades generally fall within four main categories: construction, transportation, manufacturing, and services.

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Google Internship Program

Our #GoogleInterns, apprentices, and residents help build products that create opportunities for everyone. Bring your insight, imagination, and a healthy disregard for the impossible. Together, we can build for everyone. The internships here are not exhaustive, and may or may not be currently available, but provide a taste of the various internships Google offers.

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CERIC Advancing Career Development in Canada

CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians. It funds projects to develop innovative resources that build the knowledge and skills of diverse career and employment professionals. CERIC also annually hosts Cannexus, Canada’s largest bilingual career development conference, publishes the country’s only peer-reviewed journal, Canadian Journal of Career Development, and runs the CareerWise / OrientAction websites, providing the top career development news and views.

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Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nation communities and in cities and towns across the country.

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WINSETT: The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology

The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) is an action-oriented, non-profit organization that aspires to recruit, retain and advance women in science, engineering, trades and technology (SETT). Vision:  A world where women participate fully in science, engineering, trades and technology. Mission: Through collaboration and partnership, the WinSETT Centre creates and fosters opportunities that encourage women to enter, stay and grow in SETT careers with the goals of maximizing Canada’s human resource potential, increasing innovation, and driving Canadian economic development.

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Skilled Futures for Women: Panel Discussion

Women continue to be underrepresented in skilled trades and technology careers, and it is a priority to contribute to changing this narrative. Check out this new interview series with amazing women who are breaking down barriers within their careers – and inspiring the next generation of women to do the same.

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Build Together

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), is working towards a more accessible, equitable workplace in Canada, through Build Together, a workforce development program focused on the recruitment and retention of workers from underrepresented portions of the population. Diversity in organizations is increasingly respected as a fundamental characteristic of an organization’s ability to create an environment of involvement, respect, and connection – where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to create value. A better-skilled and more inclusive workforce are the keys to successful attraction and retention.

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Employment support services for LGBTQ+ individuals

In recent years, there have been significant gains in advancing the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals. Despite these advances, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) reports that discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals is still widespread around the globe, and same-sex relations are still criminalized in some countries.

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QMUNITY

QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. They provide a safer space for LGBTQ2SAI+ people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included.

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Ontario College of Trades: New Canadians in the Trades

New Canadians are choosing to enter the skilled trades because it’s a great career choice in Ontario. Some are experiencing the trades for the first time, while others are continuing to work in their fulfilling trades careers by using the skills they learned before coming to Canada. Here are some resources about the trades for Newcomer Canadians.

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Women of Influence

Empowering women to advance today — while changing the narrative to create a more inclusive tomorrow. For more than 25 years, Women of Influence has been telling the unfiltered success stories of a diverse group of role models. They know that when it is done right, from the podium or the page, these stories not only inspire, educate, and connect — they start to redefine our perceptions of gender roles and abilities. They call this changing the narrative.  

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The Canadian Association for Supported Employment

The Canadian Association for Supported Employment works with employment service providers, employers, community allies, and stakeholders working toward employment inclusion of people experiencing disability. They strive to facilitate full participation in the labour force by offering resources, expertise, and support to service providers.

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Women of Steel learn welding basics

The nine were the first cohort of participants in the CWB Welding Foundation’s Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities program. Moncton was one of six locations across Canada hosting a 30-hour introductory course on welding for women, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program.

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TalentEgg

For current students and recent graduates, TalentEgg is a job board. It lists summer jobs, co-op jobs, and low-level jobs.

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Women Unlimited Association

The Women Unlimited Association is a not-for-profit women’s organization in Nova Scotia that promotes the full participation of women in trades and technology.  We work with industry, governments, educational institutions and the community to address the systemic barriers that limit the participation of diverse women in these fields.

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Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization to empower and support all Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario through research, advocacy, policy development and programs that focus on local, regional and provincial activities.

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Women in Mining Canada: Rick Hutson Mentorship Award

The purpose of the award is to bring national recognition to those individuals, women and men, who have facilitated students and professionals to discover their aptitude for the industry, but also their place and role in an industry that is continuously evolving and seemingly daunting. By honouring these individuals, we hope to:

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Women in Mining: Canadian Mining Stories

While Canada’s mining industry has long been a male-dominated sector, strides forward are being made to promote the greater inclusion of women. Mining companies across the country are increasingly seeing women in senior leadership roles and working at the site level, but there is still work to be done to ensure that their meaningful participation in the sector is prioritized.

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