Prince Edward Island's

Women Apprentices

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Office to Advance Women Apprentices PEI

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices Prince Edward Island is an organization committed to supporting and guiding tradeswomen and women entering apprenticeable trades through their apprenticeship to journeyperson. 

Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers (ACRC), the Office to Advance Women Apprentices PEI helps advance women in under-represented trades. We develop partnerships with employers, trades unions, government, and training institutions to identify barriers, track and measure success, and work with tradeswomen in Prince Edward Island to increase their chances for success in the under-represented skilled trades.

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices PEI creates ongoing support services for women seeking or already employed in the skilled trades.

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, 
  • Workshops for journeywomen and apprentices preparing for their Red Seal Exams, including initial assessment and ongoing tutoring, and
  • Development and maintenance of a registry database to track services provided and apprenticeship numbers of tradeswomen.

We are building on the Office to Advance Women Apprentices’ successful model from Newfoundland & Labrador; creating a meaningful program promoting the value of women in under-represented skilled trades.

The office’s measurable outcomes will impact, not only the trades industry, but the lives of women who enter the trades, earn their Red Seal certification, and pursue a lifelong career of learning in a challenging industry, with wages and benefits to support their families.

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Join Our Network

If you’re a tradeswoman in Prince Edward Island looking for work, register to become part of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices Prince Edward Island network. 

We’re committed to increasing the number of tradeswomen working in their field through directly connecting workers and employers in Prince Edward Island. 

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

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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.


We Connect Apprentices & Employers

Employers can contact the Office to Advance Women Apprentices PEI 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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Our Stories

Discover the stories of the tradeswomen and employers supported by the Office to Advance Women Apprentices.



Both Joan and Cheryl are eager to support women in their trades careers, coaching them through struggles they’re both all too familiar with.

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CMP has spent 60 years innovating and delivering food processing solutions to manufacturers throughout the world.

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Career Development Services and the Office to Advance Women Apprentices work together to help women find their dream jobs in PEI.

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159 John Yeo Drive

Charlottetown, PE C1A 2A1

Joan Paynter OAWA PEI


Project Coordinator