Women Transitioning To Trades And Employment - Hairstyling Pre-Apprenticeship

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Women Transitioning To Trades And Employment - Hairstyling Pre-Apprenticeship


Community Partnerships Office


230 Richmond Street East


Change to "Women Transitioning to Trades and Employment (Hairstyling) is a training and employment program consisting of 5-weeks of Academic Upgrading, 15-weeks of Level 1 Hairstyling technical training, and a 8-week placement.


Please note we are waiting to hear about funding for 2024. If approved the program would start in August 2024.


Program graduates will receive a certificate of completion and Ministry recognized Level 1 trades training.


2023 - 2024


Hybrid (Mix of in-person and online).  Academic upgrading will likely be delivered online, while the Level 1 skills training will be in person (St. James Campus).

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Program Description

Full Program Descriptions

The WTTE Hairstyling Pre-Apprenticeship is a FREE skills-based program that enables students to explore and develop skills related to the Hairstyling Trade (332A).

WTTE is an innovative, integrated, and supportive training and employment preparation program for women and gender-nonbinary, trans, and  2-spirit peoples who are:

  • Looking for stable employment within the fashion/beauty sector
  • Interested in the skilled trades, specifically Hairsyling (332A)
  • Able to commit to a 28-week program

We know that although the trades offer well-paying jobs and flexible employment opportunities, women and gender non-binary, trans, and 2-spirit peoples are still highly absent from this sector. Together with the strong support of our community and industry partners, this program is designed to increase the number of people from under-represented groups entering and being successful in the trades.

Through its very focused and supported delivery model, WTTE will prepare participants who are living on low incomes for success in apprenticeship/employment within the fashion/beauty sector.


Students will learn:

  • Ethics, Regulation and Policies related to the Hairstyling Trade
  • Health and Safety
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills and Professional Development
  • Client Service
  • Preparatory Procedures and Treatments
  • Introduction to Cut Hair, Permanent Wave Hair, Color, and Lightening Hair
  • Exposure to Wig Techniques
Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

This program will provide students with:

  • Level 1 equivalent training
  • Exposure to entry level employment
  • Information on the apprenticeship pathway
  • Safety Certifications

Possible pathways and activities upon completion of the program include:

  • Hairstyling apprenticeships
  • Employment with the beauty sector
Student Success Stories

”My social anxieties kept me from a lot of progress. I did not like the idea of school. After being laid off and going to a Times Change orientation I was put in touch with the WTTE program and everything changed. I found women who were like me and we went back to school together to imagine our futures without the anxieties and self-doubt that kept us in lower paying jobs. I discovered I still love math and science, was able to get into a construction engineering 2-year certification at George Brown College, and am enjoying it immensely. We deserve what we work for. Sometimes growing pains are difficult but there is a lot of support in this program. I always reassured that my efforts are worth it.” – WTTE Grad.

After graduating WTTE I enrolled in Electrical Techniques at George Brown. I made it on the Deans' list. With WTTE's support I was really care-free during my study, which I think contributed to me getting high grades. Unfortunately, life happened again, so I had to withdraw from the program in the second term. I was heartbroken as I was very successful and could have a great future as an electrician, but I had to stop as my financial status was very tight I couldn't make ends meet. I got a job as a superintendent for one year, and then I was promoted to administrative coordinator. I wasn't satisfied, as an old dream visited me again and I had to follow it because it was time. I always wanted to be a physician since a young age but my family didn't allow me to go into medicine; they do not allow women in such a field. Now I am a pre-med and working my way to be a medical student. Maybe my journey is not a typical outcome that is expected from a program like WTTE, but to me, WTTE has helped in paving the road for me to take on a new milestone in achieving my dream to become a physician. – WTTE Grad.

Tuition and Fees

There are no fees. This program is funded by the Province of Ontario. It is not eligible for OSAP funding.

How to Qualify and Apply

Eligible applicants will:

  • Be living on a low income, including those on OW/ODSP.
  • Identify as women, gender non-binary or 2-Spirit people from all cultural backgrounds
  • Be 18 years of age or older 
  • Be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or Protected Person
  • Be able to attend online and face-to-face training
  • Have connections to supports and services in the community

Program acceptance will be based on:

  • Program eligibility requirements
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in the Hairstyling Trade.
  • Completion of an application and interview (by invitation only)
  • Demonstration of personal readiness to attend training and obtain employment

 Interested candidates will:

  • Attend an information session
  • Submit an online application
  • Participate in an interview

Participants complete a 28-week Academic Upgrading and Level-1 Skills Training Program ​​​​​that includes certifications required for work in the hairstyling industry, and create a personal action plan that will outline their next steps to prepare for employment. WTTE staff and project partners will work collaboratively with participants to help them accomplish their goals.

Contact Us

WTTE is now recruiting for our next cohort. To find out more, please contact wtte@georgebrown.ca.