Supporting Women

in Skilled Trades

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices is Committed to Finding Opportunities for Tradeswomen

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Employers looking to hire new apprentices can now apply for financial support through a new Canadian Apprentices Services Program (CAS) offering grants to employers, aimed at funding the hiring of first-year apprentices.

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what we do

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices

Canada has 1.2 million construction workers, but women only currently represent approximately 4% of the construction trades.

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices Newfoundland and Labrador was established in 2009 with funding from the provincial government, with a mandate of increasing employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades.

The office provides ongoing support to tradeswomen seeking work or already employed in the skilled trades. This includes providing career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities for tradeswomen. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices has partnerships with employers, trades unions, government, and training institutions to assist in accomplishing these goals.

The organization has expanded and now has six provincial offices across the country in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan

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Our Stories

Discover the stories of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices and the tradeswomen, employers and partners that we support to advance women in skilled trades.




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Amanda Rees has blazed a trail in so many ways and we’re so proud she’s been awarded this year’s Trailblazer Award winner. Read her story and discover how she’s shaping the world of trades for women in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Meet one of the most progressive companies for women working in the trades. @ H&H Enterprises has a reputation across the country for exceptional work experience for women apprentices. Find out how they’re blazing a trail!

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Discover the perfect partnership between us and Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador and how we’re working together to reach the next generation of trades women.

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