WOMEN IN SKILLED TRADES Training opportunities and stories of interest

The Centre for Skills Development and Training in Burlington is getting ready to kick off another WIST Program!

Students gain relevant industry training through in-class instruction and shop floor experience. 
Qualified instructors teach the following:
  • Wall & roof systems
  • Intro to sub-trades
  • Hand & power tools
  • Interior & exterior finishes
  • Flooring installation
  • Construction & applied theory
  • Blueprint reading
  • Door & window installation
  • Energy Star building
  • Ontario Building Code
  • Small business management
  • Employability skills

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please feel free to contact The Centre at the contact information below. Please let them know that you heard about thisd program through www.apprenticesearch.com.

The Centre for Skills Development & Training
860 Harrington Court, Burlington (Walkers Line and QEW)
ON L7N 3N4
905-333-3499 x121 or 1-888-315-5521

Women working in the Skilled Trades and Technologies
Myths & Realities Publication

This a 32 page PDF put out by the Office of Skills Ontario
A good read with great references included

click here to view


Canadian Association of Women in Construction - GTA Based CAWIC is a non-profit organization formed to enhance the success of women in the Canadian construction industry.Our MissionTo facilitate by uniting our voices, knowledge and resources through the passion of our members and the women we inspire.click here for link to website

CCWestt Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology - Promoting women in science, engineering, trades and technology, and celebrating their contributions to these fields. click here for link to website

Do something different! Train for a career in the skilled trades.

From The Toronto Star:
Clean Break: Electricity sector could use a woman’s touch: Hamilton
There’s much talk these days about the sorry state of Canada’s aging electricity infrastructure, as well as the need to invest in the smart grid and add more renewable-energy sources to the power mix.

What’s less talked about is where the industry is going to find the skilled workers needed to carry out what the Conference Board of Canada calculates as $347 billion in required public and private investment between now and 2030.........

“We’re going to see a big turnover within the next five years,” said Michelle Branigan, executive director of the Electricity Sector Council, a government-funded organization that monitors human-resource trends in the sector.

“Right now we’re looking at about 45,000 people who are expected to be moving on by 2016. That’s almost half the workforce, which is absolutely huge.”........
Branigan recalled a speech she recently gave at an event of 300 people who work in the electricity sector. Only five of them were women, a “completely skewed” situation.

Where women represent 48 per cent of the national workforce on average, that figure drops to just 25 per cent in the electricity sector. Even then, women tend to be in human resource, marketing and communications roles. The numbers drop when we zero in on “critical areas” that require electrical engineers, technologists and technicians.

Part of the problem is awareness, said Branigan.

“Young girls and women don’t have any idea of the careers that are out there. They don’t think they can use their IT skills, for example, to manage the flow of power on the grid. We need to do a better job of building excitement around the opportunities for women.”........
Still, if you’re a young woman strong in math and science looking for a stable, well-paying career path, and in an industry looking to modernize with cleaner, greener technologies, this may be for you.

The electricity sector could use a woman’s touch.

Tyler Hamilton, author of Mad Like Tesla, writes weekly about green energy and clean technologies. Click here for the full article


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