SASKATOON – Saskatoon’s YWCA will soon be empowering more women to enter the trades helping to offset the demand for skilled labour in Saskatchewan.
The federal government announced Friday afternoon that the YWCA will receive over $246,000 for its 36-month pilot project through Status of Women Canada.
Funding will be used to increase career opportunities for women in Saskatoon’s construction sector, as their skills are utilized and their lives improved with higher paying jobs.
The first intake of students will be 15 women in 2015 with another cycle of 15 later in the year.
“The training part of the program will be 16 weeks and then the women will move into employment and we’ll be following them until they get their journeyman certificate,” said Dawn Linnick, YWCA employment and learning centre manager.
“One of the pieces that makes this program unique is that we’re able to support the women on-going, past the training piece and as they enter into apprenticeship programs and employment.”
Since 2007, the federal government has invested $54 million in 720 projects through Status of Women Canada.