Nova Scotia's

Women Apprentices

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Office to Advance Women Apprentices NS

In 2019, the Office to Advance Women Apprentices Nova Scotia opened to engage and support women apprentices and journeywomen working in trades in the province.

The office has a mandate to increase employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades and offers a registry database of female tradespersons identifying their trade, level of apprenticeship, employment status, resumes, travel availability, etc.

Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, the program is designed to engage with women in trades and help them to advance through to their Red Seal Journeyperson status.

Our work includes:

  • Connecting tradeswomen to employers
  • Career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities for tradeswomen,
  • Engaging and building partnerships with key stakeholders including employers, trades unions, and training providers to improve participation and success of women in the trades, and
  • Development and maintenance of a registry database to track services provided and apprenticeship numbers of tradeswomen

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices project was started in Newfoundland and Labrador where, today, women account for approximately 13 percent of the skilled construction trades workforce, compared to a four per cent rate nationally.  Building on the success of the Newfoundland and Labrador office, the model is now being replicated in five other provinces, including Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan where at least 750 women, including Indigenous women, are expected to be served through the offices.

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Join Our Network

If you’re a tradeswoman in Nova Scotia looking for employment in your trade, or a tradeswoman looking for support, register to become part of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices Nova Scotia network. 

We're committed to increasing the number of tradeswomen working in their field through directly connecting workers and employers in Nova Scotia.

By registering, we will include you in our database of apprentices who have completed trades training programs, matching you with employers looking for skilled tradespeople.


We Connect Apprentices & Employers

Employers can contact The Office to Advance Women Apprentices NS to get access to the resumes of apprentices from our vast database of qualified workers across the province. When you’re hiring, let us know and we’ll forward resumes from highly-skilled women workers directly to you to speed up and simplify your hiring process. 

*Note: Employer's names are kept confidential unless otherwise specified by the employer. 

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1000 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 0C2

Daphne Goodine - OAWA NS

Daphne Goodine

Project Coordinator

(902) 800-3240 | Ext 2702

Melanie Driscoll Project Assistant OAWA NS

Melanie Driscoll

Project Assistant

(902) 800-3240 | Ext 2701