Supporting Women

in Skilled Trades

Contact your local office 1-866-702-6292 (OAWA)

what we do

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices is committed to supporting and advancing 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 now has seven provincial offices across the country Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia (Mainland NS & Cape Breton Offices), New Brunswick and a Prairie Region office servicing Manitoba & Saskatchewan and newly opened office in Alberta (Edmonton - February 2024, Fort McMurray June 2024 and Calgary February 2025)

who we are

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.


Videos

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 Tradeswoman

Danielle Brown

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Employer

Bay City Electrical

WHO WE ARE

Office to Advance Women Apprentices

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Articles

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 Tradeswoman

Emma Pollard is a Journeyman Scaffolder by trade and the Project Director for The Office to Advance Women Apprentices Alberta. Emma believes the Office will bring diversity to the workforce for employers while creating equal opportunities for women across Alberta.

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Employer

SB TireCraft Enfield needed an apprentice who wanted to learn all aspects of the trade, would value the community, and the integrity of the business. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices matched them with a direct entry apprentice from the corridor community.

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Partner

With our partners at the Canada’s Building Trades Unions and Manitoba Building Trades, we’re building success for tradeswomen all across Manitoba.

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