Women's Workshop

Women in the Trades is a pre-apprentice trades training program that will run five days a week in a fully equipped carpentry facility in the Downtown Eastside. Women enrolled in this program will receive hands-on instructions on how to use the latest hand tools, power tools and other equipment used in today’s construction and woodworking industry. The course is taught by highly qualified instructors who have practical industry experience.

At Tradeworks, all participants are required to know workplace safety rules and current industry standards for the trades before receiving their certificate. While taking this program, the women will receive complete training in the following areas:

  • First Aid Level One
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Forklift Operation
  • Fall Protection on the Job Site
  • Proper Load Basic Rigging for the Workplace

Another element to our program is that we provide life skills to the participants. Women will learn how to write a resume specifically for the trades, attend interview preparation workshops, and learn how to make good decisions to help shape their long-term career goals.

Upon graduation, the participants will know how to complete basic carpentry projects, make customized pieces and finish personal projects. With their newly acquired certification, they can begin to seek employment in a variety of trades in the construction, woodworking, maintenance and manufacturing industries. Students can also continue their education through apprenticeship programs.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training as provided by the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement.




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