Women Building Futures is a registered, not-for-profit, charitable organization that works to help women build better lives and achieve economic independence through training, employment and mentorship. Our graduates make excellent trades people, and through them we give companies new competencies and new work resources.
Women Building Futures is valued for empowering women to succeed in non traditional careers, inspiring positive economic change for women and forever transforming the face of industry in Canada.
Economic security through assessment, training, job placement and job retention support.
- Attract more women into the construction trades
- Provide trades training that meets the needs of women and the industry
- Provide mentorship and long-term support for women entering and in the trades
- Examine and address systemic barriers to the recruitment, training and retention of women entering trades
- Increase the number of tradeswomen instructors and mentors
Meet Erin (JWS 41)
Journeywoman Welder, Metalboss Technologies
When Erin first walked through the doors of Women Building Futures (WBF), she’d pretty much made up her mind as to what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. “I was planning on pursuing a career in carpentry but I had no idea of the options that were available, so I enrolled in the Journeywoman Start program. The hands-on part was really educational because I got to learn a little bit about everything,” she explained.
Today Erin, who also completed NAIT’s Multi-Media program and recently applied for the school’s Business Management Program, is a multi-talented journeyman welder with a good job and a future full of promise. “I’ve been working for MetalBoss Technologies in Edmonton for more than a year. Pursuing a career in the trades is the best thing I’ve ever done and I would highly recommend it to every woman seeking a new challenge.”
“My dreams are being realized and my future is more secure each day,” she smiled. “I’ll always be thankful to those who helped me achieve my goals, those like Totem Welding who accepted me near the end of my WBF training and enabled me to complete my two-week practicum, my family and my current employer, who provides ongoing incentive, encouragement and opportunity.”
Meet Star (JWS 57)
Apprentice Plumber-Gasfitter, Double G Mechanical
Star always knew she wanted to be in the trades; she loves the physical work and the feeling of accomplishment. She had heard about Women Building Futures (WBF) on the radio, but it was her sister who attended an information session and then pushed her to apply. What really grabbed her attention about the WBF Journeywoman Start program were the two weeks of safety tickets and the one-week workshops of the seven most common trades. This allowed Star to get the hands-on experience that she was looking for.
Star took a practical approach to the trade that she chose. As she says, “I thought about my circumstances and living situation and picked the most appropriate trade accordingly, which was Plumbing, for reasons such as: there is always work, it’s one of the higher paying trades, it’s in town and the hours work with my lifestyle.“
Star loves working on the job site; her biggest challenge at first was being under estimated when it came to heavy lifting, but the guys she works with now understand how strong she really is.
Her proudest moment as a result of her training with WBF is that she has been put in charge of the finishing stages of the project she is currently working on. This has made her very proud.
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