Skilled Trades

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

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Green Jobs Internship Program

Green Jobs helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) gain work experience and skills in the natural resources sector through paid internships and training opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other related fields to promote positive environmental outcomes.

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Women in Non-Traditional Careers

Centennial College offers outreach to women to assist them in developing meaningful educational and career paths, particularly in careers that are currently non-traditional to women. The Community Outreach team helps women the confidence that is required to overcome social and economic barriers through motivation, support and education.

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Canadian Career Development Foundation

Canadian Career Development Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to advance career services and the capacity of the profession to respond with empathy and skill to clients and stakeholders in an ever-changing work environment. They are a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of career development.

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Horticultural Trades Association Scholarships

One of the most important mandates of the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation is to nurture and advance the horticultural industry through the funding of industry-related scholarships. Each year the Foundation makes available a number of scholarships in the following categories. These awards are determined by available funding and the applications received. Note: all applicants must reside in Ontario.

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CCW: Canadian Construction Women

Canadian Construction Women creates a stronger construction industry by inspiring and supporting women. Since 1981, CCW has been engaging our members by hosting monthly tours, speakers, socials, and workshops as well as an online community. We provide members with opportunities for support, mentoring, networking, community involvement, learning, and development, in order to see that a career in the building industry offers a world of opportunity. We exist to attract and retain women in the industry. Construction is one field that is actively recruiting women. Through the efforts of government, industry, and organizations like the Canadian Construction Women, there is a commitment to increasing women’s representation in the field.

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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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Techsploration

Techsploration is a Nova Scotia-based not-for-profit that delivers hands-on, mentor-led programming to young women in Grades 9 through 12.  The goal of Techsploration is to increase the number of women working in science, engineering, trades, and technology-related occupations by assisting young women from diverse backgrounds to explore a wide range of career options in fields where women are significantly underrepresented.

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Women in Mining Canada

Women in Mining Canada (WIMC) is a national not-for-profit organization formed in 2009 focused on advancing the interests of women in the minerals exploration and the mining sector, through their mission to Educate Elevate Empower.

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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor

With funding from Human Resources Development Canada, WEST offers unique training opportunities for women from Windsor-Essex and around the globe. Through skills enhancement and volunteer placements, visible minority women have been prepared for entry to employment and have moved closer to achieving the success they desire.

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Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence

Opened in September 2011, the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence brings the next generation of carpenters, plumbers, civil engineering technologists, interior designers, and many other trades and professions under a single, green roof in this one-of-a-kind living laboratory.

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Why We Need More Women in These Particular Careers Than Ever Before

There aren’t enough skilled workers in Canada but attracting more women to these jobs will go a long way. Here’s why the gender gap exists, and how to fix it. “My dad is an electrician,” she says. “And I had always helped him when I was growing up. I like hands-on work. And, I was looking for something that was a little bit more rewarding than just sitting in an office answering the phone.” So, at 35, Greeley went to trade school.

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How To Avoid Career Complacency (Blog Post)

Whether you refer to it as your quarter- or mid-life crisis, boredom with your current role, or stagnation in your company, it is important to know when it’s time to adjust, pivot, or begin something new in your professional world. Career complacency can sneak up on you or quietly brew day by day. In order to avoid finding yourself unfulfilled, dissatisfied, or simply burned out in your current position, ask yourself five questions.

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Pride Month: How employers can create a more inclusive work culture

Having a diverse workforce brings value to the company. Organizations expose themselves to risk when they don’t have a diverse workforce. A lack of diversity could make it difficult for them to hire and retain talent or they could face reputational risk. If diverse employees don’t feel they can be their authentic selves, their mental health could suffer and lead to absenteeism and disability. Here is how employers can create a more inclusive work culture.

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Venture Out

Venture Out’s goal is to empower people to take ownership of their future and rewrite the narratives of what is possible. They believe boldness, understanding, curiosity, and respect across difference is critical to reaching that goal.

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National strategy for women in trades released

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) is releasing a National Strategy for Supporting Women in Trades. In 2019, CAF-FCA led a task force of more than 60 skilled trades stakeholders who came together to guide and inform a strategy to create measurable change for women’s representation in skilled trades careers in Canada. The industry-driven strategy has four measurable action items that are intended to generate awareness, trigger policy change, recognize best practices, and create skilled trade workplace environments where women’s representation increases.

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