Trade HERizons promotes trades and technology occupations to women

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Josh Silver, Holland College retrofit carpentry learning manager, left, Christine Lykow, Trade Herizons 2016 participant, Labour Minister Richard Brown and Shasta Brennan, fourth year carpentry apprentice and Trade Herizons 2010 graduate, look at the blueprint for a project.

Designed for Island women who are unemployed or underemployed look for a new career

The seventh Trade HERizons program has begun its 12-week course introducing women to careers in the trades and industrial technology.

The college prep program at Holland College is designed for Island women who are unemployed or underemployed and looking for a new career.

“My son is my inspiration for taking Trade HERizons," says 2016 participant Christine Lykow. "I’ve encouraged him not to end up living pay cheque to pay cheque. He’s planning on attending Holland College upon graduation. It’s my plan to join my son, shoulder-to-shoulder, in the next step of our career journeys in trades and industrial technology.”

It provides hands-on learning in welding, plumbing, electrical, gas engine turbine, precision machining, automotive, power engineering and carpentry. The participants will also be exposed to job shadowing, labour market research, career development including resume writing and interview skills, conflict resolution training, career and safety training, team building, and more.

The Women's Network P.E.I. runs the program and relies on relationships with Skills P.E.I., local employers and funding through the Canada-P.E.I. Labour Market Development and the Canada-P.E.I. Job Fund agreements.

“It’s our goal to move women from unemployment or underemployment to sustainable livelihood, and careers in the trades can do this,” said Sara-Roach Lewis, executive director of Women’s Network P.E.I.

The program is good for the Island, says Workforce and Advanced Learning Richard Brown.

“Not only do women bring new ideas, skill sets, and abilities to the trades and technologies, but they also contribute to a diversified workforce,” said Brown. “By diversifying our workforce in Prince Edward Island, we are strengthening it now, and for our future generations.”

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Organizations: Holland College, Network P.E.I., Canada-P.E.I. Labour Market Development Canada-P.E.I. Job Fund

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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