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Looking for a career?

“It is important to discover first your interests and abilities and then look at the current labour market opportunities.  Look for the schooling and work which most reflect who you are.” Career Pathways – Norman E. Amundson and Gray R. Poehnell

Are you… looking for a change?

Are you… a positive, hardworking woman who enjoys learning and new challenges?

Are you… interested in starting a career in the construction trades industry?

Does a career in the trades feel like a good fit for your interests and abilities?  If yes, here’s an opportunity with the YWCA Trade Journey Program.  As a participant you will build on your abilities.  Learn new knowledge and skills as you work towards a career goal of an apprenticeship and a job you love.  Throughout the 16 weeks you will practice many skills learned through individual and group activities.

What is YWCA Trade Journey? It is a 16 week training program we have built to support women transition from minimum wage jobs into jobs in the construction industry that offer higher pay and good benefits.   The program offers 13 weeks of classroom instruction for career planning, confidence building, job readiness skills, job search search management skills, fitness, math, certification in the safety tickets needed for the worksite, gets you equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (Steel Toed Boots, Hard Hat, Visibility Vests, Safety Glasses and Gloves) and more.

We partner with educational organizations such as SaskPolytechnic to provide hands-on trades samplers where you can experience the trades of carpentry, electrical and plumbing.  Throughout the 13 weeks there are regular opportunities for you to meet with women who are successful in both the trades and their particular  industry.  While our employer partners offer unique opportunities for tours, group and individual sessions where you can find out about the “Must Knows” in the industry.  The training program wraps up with a 3 week work experience placement with an employer in the construction industry where you will gain first hand knowledge in the workplace and put to work your new knowledge, skills and abilities.


Want to learn more about how this program can support you in career planning and launching a new career path?  Register for one of the information sessions happening between March 15 and 21.  Attending an information session is the first step in applying to the YWCA Trade Journey program.  The information session will give you an explanation of what the program entails and what is required from you to be part of it.

There are two ways to register for an information session:

  • Online: visit the YWCA Trade Journey webpage and follow the link to the online registration system. tradejourney.ca
  • Phone: call 306-986-2884.