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.
Supporting Women in Skilled Trades
Contact your local office 1-866-702-6292 (OAWA)
what we do
Office to Advance Women Apprentices NL
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices Newfoundland and Labrador has a mandate to increase employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades. Identifying these tradeswomen is a critical step in the process. If you’re a tradeswoman or student currently enrolled in a trades training program, get in touch.
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices Offers
Nominations are now OPEN for the Tradeswoman Trailblazer Award and Extraordinary Employer Award!
Mentoring Women in the Trades Through Awareness and Understanding
This Workshop’s goal is to reduce workplace cultural barriers for women in trades by creating a positive and healthy mentor/mentee relationship. The program will provide employers, Journey Persons and supervisors the tools they need to be a strong mentor to women in the trades. This 6 hour workshop will be offered free of charge and will include the following topics:
Training will be offered in-person throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as virtually to accommodate as many participants as possible.
Join Our Network
If you’re a tradeswoman looking for work, whether you’re pre-apprentice, an apprentice, Journeyperson, or if you’re currently enrolled in a trades program, register to become part of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices network.
By registering, we will assist you with your job search; building a functional resume; interview prep; and assist with barriers to employment or job site issues.
Registered clients have access to mentoring, networking, events in your area, and we’ll help to create a path for other tradeswomen to follow.
Exploring the Trades
If you’re interested in exploring a career in a skilled trade our office can assist you. Please complete the short registration below to get in touch with us.
Apprenticeship Incentive Grants for Women
Federal Incentive Grants
Earn while you learn.
Resources for NL Tradeswomen and Employers
We Connect Apprentices & Employers
Employers can contact the Office to Advance Women Apprentices to hire apprentices from our vast database of qualified apprentices across the province. When you’re hiring, let us know and we’ll forward resumes from highly-skilled tradeswomen directly to you to speed up and simplify your hiring process.
*Note: Employer's names are kept confidential unless otherwise specified by the employer.
Wage Subsidies Available
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices also offers a wage subsidy incentive for Newfoundland and Labrador employers hiring women apprentices. The subsidy provides 75% wage support for two contracts following a five-to-seven day, in-house approval process. We’ll also provide additional support to individual employees throughout the contract.
For more information on how to access the wage subsidy program, get in touch with our Placement Co-ordinator at 866-702-6292 (OAWA).
Women Lifting Women
Tradeswomen in this province are trailblazers, creating a path for women interested in careers in trades and women working in the trades who would like the support of other tradeswomen. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices leverages that work by offering a mentorship program connecting established women apprentices and journeywomen with those just getting started in their careers.
Our program provides:
who we are
Discover the stories of the tradeswomen and employers supported by the Office to Advance Women Apprentices.
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!
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.
Resources for Newfoundland & Labrador Tradeswomen and Employers
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