Conestoga College accepting applications for tuition-free Women in Skilled Trades program

Mar 31 2017


Applications are currently being accepted for the full-time, tuition free Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) General Carpenter Pre-apprenticeship program starting in September 2017!

The WIST program is a tuition-free program funded by the Ontario Women's Directorate and is designed to support low-income women who are unemployed or underemployed. The goal of the program is to prepare candidates for employment within the construction sector.

This 34-week tuition-free program prepares students with 26 weeks of in-class practical theory and hands-on experience. The in-class portion of the program is designed to help women secure and succeed in their paid eight week work placement. The WIST program not only helps women gain well paying full-time careers in the trades, but aims to build self-confidence and provide students with a head-start on achieving apprenticeship certification, if applicable. 

The average starting annual income for participants who complete the program is more than $30,000. 

Previous experience in trades is not required; however, applicants should have a passion to excel in the program and the physical competence to succeed. 

All candidates interested in this program are required to attend one of the below information sessions:

Tuesday, April 4, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tuesday, May 16, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Tuesday, April 18, 10:00 am - 11:00 am Thursday, May 25, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 am - 11:00 am Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 am – 11:00 am   

Please note these information sessions are scheduled to be held at Conestoga College’s Waterloo Campus (108 University Avenue East, Room 2A12).

These information sessions will provide an overview of the program and outline the application and acceptance process. Please note that only 20 enrollment spaces are available in the WIST program.

Click here for full details on the WIST General Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship program. 

For more trades program information, visit the Conestoga College School of Trades and Apprenticeship.

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