Skilled Trades

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

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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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Lean in Circles

Leaning in is not a solo sport. In a world where women still face bias and other barriers at work, Circles are a safe space to share your struggles, give and get advice, and celebrate each other’s wins. Whether you need help navigating your new normal at work or are looking for support from women who understand what you’re going through, your Circle will give you the boost we all need.

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The Construction Record Podcast: Episode 112 – Women in Construction with Lindsay Kearns

This week on the Construction Record podcast Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson spoke with BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) outreach coordinator Lindsay Kearns, a British Columbia organization that seeks to attract women to trades careers as well as ensure retention in the industry for women. Lindsay is a Red Seal journey electrician and said her work in the organization sprang from a desire to create a community for herself and fellow women in the trades and also to address the lack of peer mentorship for women when men often join the trades, receive hand-me-down tools or learn of opportunities through families and friends.

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COSTI: Women’s Employment and Life Skills (WELS)

COSTI’s Women’s Employment and Life Skills program, based in Ontario, provides immigrant women who face barriers with Canadian labour market information, employment coaching, business English, pre-employment preparation, life skills training and online learning – communication in the workplace. Through a series of thirty workshops, participants develop the skills and confidence to better enable them to increase their employability and achieve their individual goals.

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Learning Enrichment Foundation’s Skills Training

Learning Enrichment Foundation’s Skills Training Services vary from certifications in such areas as safety, food hander, forklift or Propane Cylinder Exchange for Forklift. They offer programs such as Cooks Training, Bicycle Assembly and Maintenance, ECA-Early Childhood Assistant and industrials skills training.

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AWS National Scholarships

More than 60 donor-funded scholarships, totaling over $200,000, are available for students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree in welding or a related discipline. Scholarships range from $2,000-$6,000+. Applicants are required to submit two references and official transcripts. Most are US-based scholarships, but there are some available for Canadians.

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South Asian Health Network

The South Asian Health Network is a Canadian collaborative effort to enhance the health and well-being of South Asian and other racialized communities. They specialize in creating culturally appropriate health educational content and public facing advocacy to address structural inequities in health care and public health.

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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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WRDC: Women in Resource Development Corporation

Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) helps women in Newfoundland and Labrador get started in the construction trades. WRDC and its Educational Resource Center (ERC) offer a variety of programs and services including career exploration programs for girls and young women and career counselling and employment assistance services for women.

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CatalystX

Free online courses from Catalyst. Catalyst is a nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. They are dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive.

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Skills Canada NL – ENTER:Preneur

YouTube video from Skills Canada NL that highlights their ENTER:preneur program. This program in Newfoundland and Labrador provides young tradespersons and technologists with the necessary tools and knowledge to translates their skills into successful self-employment, inspiring a new generation of skilled workers.

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BCIT: Trades Discovery for Women

The Trades Discovery programs are designed to allow participants extensive access to the available trades and technical training at BCIT campuses. These highly practical and relevant training programs prepare participants to successfully enter and complete trades/technical training or seek apprenticeship. Students gain hands-on experience in approximately 15 different trades disciplines. Some examples of activities are: lay out and fabrication, general piping, framing, welding, wiring, and working on mechanical systems in automobiles, aircraft, and heavy equipment. The programs include two weeks of unpaid work experience, partnering education with industry and the community.

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Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Scholarship

Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarships are valued at $1,000 and awarded to selected, eligible high school graduates throughout the province who have completed the SYA program and will be pursuing a career in the skilled trades. Students are nominated for SYA Industry Scholarships each April by selected provincial high schools.

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Women in Skilled Trades (WIST): Enhanced General Carpentry

This program provides eligible women with the tools and training to launch a career in the Construction Industry. The WIST Program includes comprehensive construction safety training including WHMIS, First Aid, and CPR. The program is focused on Essential Skills training to support women in transitioning into careers in the construction industry.

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Fenshaw College

In today’s global marketplace, there is an increasing demand for skilled trades. Our skilled trade and apprenticeship training provides you with the in-school and hands-on experience you need to become a successful tradesperson. At Fanshawe, we pride ourselves in providing many academic pathways to ensure our students are able to achieve their goals. We offer 40+ skilled Trades and Apprenticeship programs.

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We need more women in manufacturing

Women account for 48% of the Canadian workforce, but only 28% of the manufacturing workforce. This job rate share hasn’t changed for 30 years, according to Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME). Attracting more women to manufacturing is critical for

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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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Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives

Skills Ontario’s Young Women’s Initiatives is a collection of engaging and hands-on events and programs that provide skill development and mentorship opportunities to young women in grades 7 to 12. Skills Ontario hosts Career Exploration Events across Ontario from October to April, and Canada’s largest young women’s conference at the Skills Ontario Competition each year! Scroll down to start exploring!

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