Brenda Gilmore, program manager for Conestoga’s School of Trades and Apprenticeship, points out that the program is “life-changing for many women… taking them out of poverty, and [many] have had a very vibrant career.”
In the Conestoga carpentry program, women get a chance to try a range of skills, from using power tools to blueprint interpretations. And because many teachers are female tradespersons, students get the added bonus of life-long mentors.
Upon completion, Conestoga has an 80-per-cent success rate in related employment. Women may choose to become carpentry apprentices, start their own companies or go back to school for more training.