These supplementary resources provide more information and local context on how to plan your career in the trades.
Resources are listed in the language they are available.
List of Organizations that help women to get started in the construction trades provided by Careers in Construction.
The Careers in Trades website was developed by the two organizations and launched more than five years ago as part of a national career awareness campaign. It remains one of the most popular sites in Canada for information in the skilled trades.
Because increasing diversity in the construction industry has long been a goal of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters leadership, SIB encourages members across the continent to attend educational conferences and to partner with other organizations to address workforce goals for women on public and private construction projects.
The ITA Women in Trades Training initiative is part of a long-term strategy to match women’s skills to the needs of BC’s workplace. ITA’s Women in Trades Training is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement (CJF).
Trades Discovery programs are designed to allow participants extensive access to the available trades and technical training at BCIT campuses. Students gain hands-on experience in approximately 15 different trades disciplines.
Established in 1998, Women Building Futures is a leader in trades training for women, with extensive experience recruiting women into the heavy industrial workforce at a consistent employment placement rate of 90 per cent.
CAREERS: The Next Generation is a unique, non-profit organization raising youth awareness of career options and helping students earn while they learn through internship. We partner with government, educators, communities, industry, parents and students to introduce youth to rewarding careers and develop the skilled workers of the future.
Women exploring trades and technology careers in Saskatchewan
YWCA’s Trade Journey is a pre-trades program that prepares women for success in their trade of choice. Trade Journey covers everything from an introduction to three specific trades, to physical fitness training, tours of construction work sites, safety training, the use of basic hand tools, work placements, and learning soft skills.
Girls Exploring Trades and Technology is a project to introduce girls ages 12 – 14 to a variety of possible career futures in an enjoyable five-day camp.
In partnership with the Government of Ontario, Canadian Women’s Foundation, RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Central Ontario) and Mohawk College, The Centre for Skills Development & Training offers the Enhanced General Carpentry for Women (WIST). This 29-week program provides eligible women with the tools and training to launch a career in the Construction Industry.
YWCA Toronto’s pre-apprenticeship programs in the skilled trades offer women a chance to build a sustainable future. Each program includes academic upgrading, safety certification and full-time, hands-on training to receive Level 1 trade certification.
This three year project focuses on the recruitment and retention of women in technology and manufacturing trades in Hamilton. We are currently recruiting women trained or currently employed in the skilled trades to participate in focus groups and surveys.
Option Femmes Emploi est un organisme visant à accompagner les femmes de l’Outaouais dans le développement de leurs compétences professionnelles et leur sécurité financière. Que ce soit pour intégrer le monde du travail, amorcer un changement de carrière ou se lancer en affaires, Option Femmes Emploi offre des outils adaptés aux besoins des femmes….
New Boots – Progressing Women in Trades, is a three-year initiative focused on improving completion rates among female apprentices in the construction trades in New Brunswick.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Trade HERizons is a project designed to increase the number of women in non-traditional trades and technology occupations on PEI. Women’s Network PEI supports unemployed and underemployed women explore, prepare for, obtain and maintain employment in the trades and industrial technology fields. Additionally, WNPEI works with employers to create a culture of diversity in the workplace, which supports women’s full participation in non-traditional workplaces.
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.
Techsploration provides young women from grades nine through twelve with opportunities to explore science, trades and technology occupations, while creating awareness about the critical role of work in their lives. It also helps them understand the significance of high school math and science for their future careers.
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA), funded by the provincial government of Newfoundland & Labrador, was created in 2009 with a mandate of increasing employment opportunities for females in the skilled trades.
Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) was established to foster an environment that will increase the participation of women in the trades and technology sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Have a local resource that focuses on women in the trades? Let us know! Contact our Director Lindsay Amundsen at: LAmundsen@buildingtrades.ca