Women Transitioning to Trades and Employment
The Women Transitioning to Trades and Employment is a five week Trades and Career Preparation (TCP) program
May and August
Program graduates will receive 5 certifications required for work in construction trades
YEAR OF STUDY
2019 - 2020
METHOD OF STUDY
Workshop series, hands-on training and certification, pre-apprenticeships and other
What to Do Next
Full Program Descriptions
Funded by the Province of Ontario, George Brown College’s Women Transitioning to Trades & Employment (WTTE) is an innovative, integrated, and supportive Trades and Career Preparation program for women and gender non-binary, trans, and 2-spirit peoples who are:
- Looking for stable employment
- Interested in trades and construction related fields
- Able to commit to a full-time training/education 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 post-secondary and apprenticeship training programs in many sectors.
WTTE includes a 5-week Career Planning and Trades Preparation (TCP) workshop and certification series. Participants will pursue a variety of options to be determined once they complete the TCP.
Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities
Possible pathways and activities upon completion of the TCP include:
- Pre-apprenticeship programs
- Post-secondary certificate programs
- Driving lessons and certification
- Work Placements (paid and unpaid)
In addition to pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship and George Brown certificate programs, WTTE will include wrap around supports, advocacy, and coaching and mentorship from tradeswomen and graduates of our program.
Our staff will work closely with project partners to create strong relationships between George Brown College’s Community Partnerships Office (CPO), the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET), and industry and community partners to exchange knowledge and expertise. We will work closely with the Toronto Community Benefits Network, the Labour Education Centre, and others to present a yearly “State of Women in the Trades” summit.
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. – WTTF 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 able to attend full-time college in downtown Toronto.
- Have connections to supports and services in the community.
Participants complete a 5 week Trades and Career Preparation (TCP) program that includes 5 Certifications required for work in construction and trades, 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.
WTTE hosts information sessions regularly. To keep informed about sessions, please sign up here and we will be in touch!
For more information or to book an information session at your location please contact:
Najwa Rahmani - 416-415-5000 x2885 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylor Stewart – 416-415-5000 x2885 – Taylor.Stewart@georgebrown.ca