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Women in trades is focus of Employment and Education Centre initiative

The Employment + Education Centre (EEC) has launched the Women in Trades Pre-Apprenticeship program.

The initiative is designed to help meet the local needs for workers to become qualified in a wide variety of disciplines, according to a release distributed Aug. 22. “We hear from certain employment sectors that they have trouble finding and retaining qualified employees,” stated EEC executive director Susan Watts. “The Women in Trades Pre-Apprenticeship program is working to help address that issue, while giving local women a chance to shine in careers they may not have considered otherwise.”

There is an increasing need throughout Ontario for trained and qualified workers. One of the ways to meet this need is to train more local people to work in local industry that has identified a shortage of qualified applicants for available jobs.

Participants in the program need to be female, between the ages of 15 and 30, and who are finding it difficult to access job opportunities.

Recruiting for the first group to take part in the Women in Trades program is beginning now. Information sessions for the program are taking place at the Employment + Education Centre at 105 Strowger Blvd. in Brockville. These will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

Several classes of the program will run through Sept. 2018. The first group is slated to begin the five-week in-class portion of the course on Oct. 2.

The first class of Women in Trades participants will focus on women looking to work in hospitality careers. These can include cook, baker, butcher, meat cutter, patisserie or an institutional cook.

The in-class portion of the Women in Trades program will emphasize the employment skills necessary to both successfully find and keep employment in the hospitality sector. Some of the specific certifications the first participants will receive include Smart Serve, Safe Food Handling, Customer Service Excellence and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. Other topics to be covered during the in-class portion include career advancement and job retention, job search and interview skills, healthy lifework balance and workplace culture.

Following the paid in-class portion of the Women in Trades program, participants undertake a 20-week work placement with an employer who will help further their workplace skills and experience in an environment related to their career area of choice.

Subsequent groups in the Women in Trades program will focus on careers in trades outside of the culinary sector. Some of the expected areas include construction, welding, plumbing and electrical.


The Employment + Education Centre is currently looking for participants in the Women in Trades program.

For more information, contact program facilitator Jamie Pate on 613-498-2111 ext. 246.


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