The Centre for Skills Development & Training (The Centre) honoured four students from the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program during a celebration and scholarship presentation held on September 29, 2016.
Two scholarships of $500 each were awarded by the Halton Learning Foundation to Ana Sofia Estrada and Katie McMurrough.
Five hundred dollar scholarships were also awarded by the Residential Construction Council of Ontario to Lisa Bell and from ApprenticeSearch.com to Ashley Loveys-Belanger.
The women were selected for actively preparing for careers in the skilled trades, demonstrating leadership attributes and serving as advocates and mentors to others considering careers in skilled trades.
“The Centre is about providing people with opportunities to build better futures,” said Lisa Rizzato, CAO, The Centre. “The Women in Skilled Trades program with its comprehensive hands-on training and wrap-around supports provides the foundation for the women to choose their own pathway and meet their personal career goals. Recognizing that construction is traditionally a male-oriented industry, The Centre strives to set women up for success by giving them the technical skills and knowledge to start a career with great earning potential, independence and flexibility.”
The Centre offers the WIST program through a partnership with the Ontario Women’s Directorate and the Canadian Women’s Foundation. The 29-week hands-on skilled trades training program provides participants the opportunity to learn the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for excelling in rewarding careers within the construction industry.
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