Women in a new program training to be heavy equipment technicians will set out on a four-year, fully-paid rotating apprenticeship placement after four weeks of training with Women Building Futures (WBF) in Fort McMurray.
The program is a first for WBF, which was launched in 1998 to “empower women to become economically prosperous in careers and trades where women are under-represented.”
According to BuildForce Canada, women are 50.7 percent of the country’s overall workforce but only 4 to 6 percent of its construction workforce. That, and WBF says its grads experience an average 132 percent increase in their income after completing one of its programs.
The new “Pathway to Apprenticeship” program is a partnership with CEDA, Diversified Transportation, Finning Canada, Mammoet, Suncor Energy and United Rentals.
It is designed to provide students with the practical and academic training required to become a heavy equipment technician with the ultimate goal of achieving their journeyman certificate. The application deadline is September 28.