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Women in Skilled Trades Information Session

March 11, 2020

Waterloo Campus

Applications are now being accepted for the full-time, tuition-free Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) General Carpenter Pre-apprenticeship program starting September 2020. This information session will provide an overview of the program and outline the application and acceptance process.

WIST is funded by the provincial Ministry of the Status of Women and 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 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.

WIST helps women gain well-paying full-time careers in the trades, and 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.

Eligible candidates must be

  • 16 years of age or over, 
  • a resident of, and able to work in Ontario, and
  • proficient in English.

All candidates interested in this program are required to attend an information session before attending an assessment session. 


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Conestoga College, Waterloo Campus, 108 University Avenue East, Room 2A34


Please be advised there is an hourly charge for parking and access may be limited due to construction in the area.

For more information:

Registration is not required to attend this session. For more information, please contact Nadine Jannetta at 519-748-5220 ext. 5272. Additional information sessions will take place on April 1April 22May 13June 2June 24July 15 and July 29.

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