The Women in Trades (WIT) program is specifically designed to assist women who want to develop the basic skills necessary for entry-level work in construction. The main focus of the program is hands-on skills development. Courses include construction academics, site safety, use of hand tools, and construction basics. Participants also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the work involved in trades such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, framing, drywall application, and roofing. Ideal candidates like to work with their hands, enjoy working outdoors, and enjoy working as a member of a construction crew.
Academic Requirements: Determined by funding agency.
Non-Academic Requirements: Interview
Length of Program:
Minimum of 12 weeks. This program can be adapted in length and content to accommodate student qualifications and regional labour market needs, as well as participant and client goals.
An introduction to the job of a construction worker. The course explores types of trades and their activities, roles and responsibilities of a construction worker, basic terminology and trades as professions. Students develop an understanding of effective time management, assertiveness, self-respect and working in a cross-cultural environment.
Contact Hours: 60
A refresher course dealing with basic construction mathematics, such as fractions, decimals, the metric system and basic geometry. Also included are skill development in written communications (cover letters, resumes) and oral communications (effective listening and questioning, etc.).
Contact Hours: 30
A course aimed at safety on the construction site. It includes Standard First Aid and CPR, as well as a variety of other safety-related modules. Some modules are required for general construction work and some are specialty modules that certify graduating students for specialized tasks on the job site.
Contact Hours: 90
Students learn how to use and care for hand tools commonly used in construction, including power tools. Through project work, students also develop skills in planning a project, creating and interpreting simple drawings, measuring and layouts, and safe and effective use of tools.
Contact Hours: 90
This course explores the various activities that occur on a typical construction site and the role of the labourer in these activities. It includes an introduction to construction site maintenance, excavations, building foundations, concrete fundamentals, framing and types of building materials (framing, roofing, exterior, interior, etc.). Students develop a good understanding of the work involved in trades such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, and roofing.