Workshop Introduces Women to Careers in Skilled Trades

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Windsor Star/Michelle Mark

Jennifer Dubreuil is sick of struggling to find work.

The 40-year-old mother works retail and said she’s going nowhere, so it’s high time she gave skilled trades a chance.

“I have a young teenage daughter and I have some post-secondary education — it’s just really hard to find something full-time,” she said. “I’m interested in the trades because I believe I can do a job just the same as a man can.”

Dubreuil is one of 75 Windsor women selected for a four-day interactive workshop introducing women to skilled trades beginning Monday morning. The workshop, delivered by Unifor’s Women in the Trades group, will serve as a recruitment strategy for an upcoming certificate program this fall.

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training is teaming up with St. Clair College and Unifor to offer the free 37-week Women in the Skilled Trades program, designed to train and support unemployed and under-employed women begin their careers in the trades. [Read More]