WEST receives government funding to train women in the skilled trades


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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) has received nearly $660,000 in government funding for its pre-apprenticeship electrical program for women facing multiple barriers to employment in Ontario.

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The Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program offers free courses and paid placements to help women learn technical skills and find employment in the skilled trades.

The goal is to create greater inclusion in the skilled trades for newcomer, racialized, Indigenous and LGBTQ women.

The funding will provide diversity, equity and inclusion training to employers and journeypersons to create more inclusive workplaces and better future retention of women in a traditionally male-dominated workforce.

“Jobs in the skilled trades can earn up to six figures, often with pensions and benefits, and pave the way to a better life,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Community Development. skills in a press release. “That’s why our government is investing millions in training programs like this, which connect women, Indigenous people and newcomers to these life-changing opportunities.

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Rose Anguiano Hurst, executive director of Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc., is pictured after the organization received $1.6 million in <a class=federal funding, Thursday, March 18, 2021.” class=”embedded-image__image lazyload” src=”https://smartcdn.gprod.postmedia.digital/windsorstar/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/west.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=288″ srcset=”https://smartcdn.gprod.postmedia.digital/windsorstar/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/west.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=288, https://smartcdn.gprod.postmedia.digital/windsorstar/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/west.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=576 2x” height=”750″ loading=”lazy” width=”1000″/>
Rose Anguiano Hurst, executive director of Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc., is pictured after the organization received $1.6 million in federal funding, Thursday, March 18, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

The continued investment of Premier Ford and Minister McNaughton, along with the efforts of the WEST Employment Services team, our allies and partners in labour, industry and not-for-profit organizations are essential to enable severely disadvantaged women to enter the skilled labor force. according to Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director of Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, Inc. (WEST).

“Together, we are creating real change in the lives of the women who complete our Women in the Skilled Trades program and in the local skilled trades industry by removing barriers, increasing economic opportunity and helping to create workplaces. where the value of inclusivity and diversity are embraced,” said Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director of WEST.

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Participants will complete 32 weeks of training, including 18 weeks of pre-apprenticeship electrical training and 70 hours of “hands-on” training at St. Clair College.

Participants will also participate in weekly intensive job training provided by WEST staff to prepare them for a 10-week paid internship and full-time employment in the industry.

Global supports include funds to offset the cost of childcare and transportation costs.

  1. Stephanie Lyanga, Program Manager at Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc., assembles gift packages Monday, March 7, 2022 for sponsors of International Women's Day events.

    Women’s organization celebrates client success and community partnerships on International Women’s Day

  2. Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director of Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc., is featured Monday, March 7, 2022.

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  3. Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor celebrated a Women in Skilled Trades program milestone on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor.  The group has recognized 200 women who have successfully completed the program.  Jennifer Devine, left, graduate and keynote speaker, and Steisha Horneman, current program participant, are featured during the event.

    WEST recognizes 200 women in skilled trades

Math and literacy skills updates and workshops on mental health care are also part of this comprehensive program.

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Applications for the Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program must be submitted by April 28 and can be submitted online at westofwindsor.com. The next program starts on May 2. Applications are also being received for the Construction and Craft Trades program which also begins May 2 and for the CNC/Industrial Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship program which begins in August.


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