Skilled Trades Exploration Program for Women
With two pilot project groups (one in English and one in French), New Boots aims to increase the participation of women in non-traditional skilled trades by registering 20 to 25 new apprentices in the New Brunswick apprenticeship system.
The program aims not only to give New Brunswick women the opportunity to explore the skilled trades as part of a welcoming, stimulating and practical training program, but also to give them guaranteed work and apprenticeship opportunities when they have passed their classroom training successfully.
With its partners, Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification (AOC), Workplace Essential Skills (WES) and NBCC are developing a targeted program to explore skilled trades based on the needs of the NB labour market.
The New Boots team will organize preliminary interviews for potential participants. Participants will be selected based on their interest in the skilled trades and their positive attitude.
The 12-week program will include:
- workplace essential skills,
- a math upgrade,
- skilled trades exploration
- safety training, professional development, and labor market information,
- presentations by special guests, employer site visits and other activities
The training hours are accredited towards an apprenticeship. Employers will guarantee positions throughout the apprenticeship, to Red Seal Endorsement. Additional benefits will be specific to each employer.
The New Boots coordinator will help employer partners to ensure the best possible transition from apprentices to the workplace. Participants will be helped to acquire safety shoes, basic tools and other personal protective equipment.
Apprenticeship coordinators will also work closely with employers to ensure that participants are registered and that journeyperson mentors know what skills are required for participants to be successful with each block.
Bianca Langille, Program Coordinator