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March 30, 2017 12:40 PM

Applications open for free pre-apprenticeship program

Conestoga is now accepting applications for the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) General Carpenter Pre-apprenticeship program that begins this September at the Waterloo campus.

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WIST students recently supported the college's Trades and Technology day at the Waterloo campus, which introduced young girls to careers in the skilled trades.

WIST is a tuition-free program funded by the provincial Ministry of the Status of Women that 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 program provides 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 full-time employment in the trades, but also aims to build self-confidence and provide students with a head-start on achieving apprenticeship certification, if applicable.

Only 20 enrolment spaces are available; all interested candidates are required to attend an information session at the Waterloo campus: 

Registration is not required to attend an information session. For more information, contact Kristen Goetz at 519-885-0300 ext. 5484.

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