WEST’s First Electrical Apprenticeship Program

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Photo Shoot Celebrates Achievements of Newcomer, Racialized, and LGBTQ Women In WEST’s first Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Newcomer, racialized, and LGTBQ women took part in a photo shoot at St. Clair College to celebrate achieving the program’s training goals.

St. Clair College President, Patti France, Unifor Local 444 President, Dave Cassidy, WEST Executive Director, Rose Anguiano Hurst, and WEST Board President, Nadine Manroe-Wakerell congratulated the women for taking steps to explore careers in the skilled trades in order to meet the evolving labour market needs and skills shortage.

“Few of our partnerships and our experiences with students have been as inspiring as our long-standing involvement with WEST. There are many positive elements to our relationship with the organization and these students: women in non-traditional STEM fields, their post-graduation success in the employment market, and the life-changing difference their educations have made for them and their families.”

St. Clair College President Patti France

The Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Women is led by Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, Inc. (WEST) in partnership with St. Clair College. WEST’s leadership team arranged for the photo shoot to capture the participants in action onsite as they acquire skills, tools, and the use of machinery essential to their 10-week work placement and long-term career aspirations to become electrical apprentices.

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development sent a congratulatory message to the participants: “When you are an electrician, you have an in-demand job for life,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “This great program is opening doors for women, helping them begin rewarding careers in the skilled trades so they can earn bigger pay cheques for themselves and their families.”

The Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Women is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development under the Skills Development Fund

WEST’s Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program provides free tuition, and paid placements to help women develop, technical skills and employment in the skilled trades sector. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for employers and journeypersons to create more inclusive workplace settings and better future retention of women in a traditionally male-dominated workforce. A 6-session series of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) training will be delivered to the participants virtually from August 4 – September 8, 2022.

Since 1987, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc (WEST) has provided 50,000 women in Windsor-Essex with support and programs to aid them in securing employment, enhancing their skills, along with, providing newcomer and immigrant women with services designed to help them adapt and integrate into Canadian culture and their new community. Although at times our job may not be easy, it is because of the strength and passion of our clients that we are motivated to be better people and service providers.

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