Conestoga news

April 28, 2014 2:58 PM

New skills training opportunities for women

John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre, announced this morning that the Government of Ontario will help 100 women in Waterloo Region gain new skills to prepare them for jobs in the skilled trades and information technology sectors.

With funding support provided by the province, Conestoga will deliver two programs through Ontario’s Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology training initiative.

“The Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology program has made a remarkable difference in the lives of many women in our community,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “We are very pleased with the continued support of the Government of Ontario for the delivery of this important initiative that provides women with skills-based education and training for exciting and challenging careers.”

The provincial government is providing $655,000 in Skilled Trades Training funding to Conestoga’s General Carpentry program, and $530,000 in Information Technology Training funding to the college’s Business Analysis program. Both programs will offer in-class, gender-sensitive training to low-income women and provide work placements for participants with area employers.

“Our government is proud to support Conestoga College in delivering programs for women in our community to start new careers in better-paying jobs, said Minister Milloy. “This means greater economic security for them and their families.”

The Carpentry program will begin in September 2014. Information sessions for women interested in participating will be held at Conestoga’s Waterloo campus beginning May 14. For more information, contact Kristen Goetz at 519-885-0300 ext. 5484 or

The Information Technology-Business Analysis program will begin in October 2014. More details will be announced in the near future.