HomeWomen of Steel™: Forging forward program comes to Timmins in partnership with Collège Boréal and CWB Welding Foundation

Women of Steel™: Forging forward program comes to Timmins in partnership with Collège Boréal and CWB Welding Foundation

6 March 2023
  • Timmins
With the opportunity to earn up to 6 Qualifications from the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB), this free program for women offers new career opportunities in Northern Ontario.

Collège Boréal is excited to announce that it has been chosen to be one of 14 hosts across Canada for CWB Welding Foundation’s initiative called The Women of Steel™: Forging Forward Program. This free program provides learning opportunities that foster education, personal growth, confidence, and experiential learning for women interested in exploring welding and other welding-related skilled trades careers.

As more skilled tradespeople are looking to retire locally and across the country, the pending gap continues to grow, and opportunities for a career in the industry are countless. Welding and fabrication provide a pathway to skilled trades and other related professions, and offers a well-paying, stable career choice for women.

This pre-employment program offered completely free of charge to all participants includes a theoretical component, practical training, and an internship period in the workplace. “During this intensive program participants have the chance to be trained in a variety of positions and processes with the possibility of obtaining multiple welding certifications from the CWB” says Mélanie Dufresne, Director of the Timmins campus, “this will prepare them for apprenticeship, post-secondary education, and meaningful employment in high demand fields”.

The program consists of 12 weeks of training, starting on June 12, and is followed by 4 weeks of internship in the workplace. The in-person training will take place at the Collège Boréal campus in Timmins.

All those who identify as a woman and/or non-binary, including those from racialized or marginalized groups such as Indigenous, Black, newcomers, 2SLGBTQI+, women with disabilities, or with a prolonged detachment from the labour force are encouraged to apply.

To find out more, go to: www.collegeboreal.ca/en/preapprenticeship

About the CWB Welding Foundation

The CWB Welding Foundation is a national registered charity that relies on the support of industry and community organizations to address the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada. CWB Foundation was created and founded by CWB Group in 2013 in recognition of the growing shortage and need for skilled welders and welding-related trades required to support Canada’s economic and industrial global competitiveness. Through education-based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, Indigenous People, women, and the underrepresented. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.

The Women of SteelTM: Forging Forward project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Women Employment Readiness Pilot Program.

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The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.


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