Manufacturing AUTOMATION

NAIT program to bring more women-identifying individuals to the trades

May 17, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is launching a new program to support women-identifying apprenticeship students to pursue a career in skilled trades in manufacturing, construction and energy sectors. The project is funded in part by a $2.6-million investment from the Government of Canada’s Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy under the Women in the Skilled Trades Initiative.

Women Leading and Building Canada’s Future is a multi-year project aimed at supporting women-identifying students as they pursue apprenticeship training in one of the 21 manufacturing, construction and energy Red Seal trades NAIT offers.

Through the Women Leading and Building Canada’s Future program, NAIT will:

  • provide financial academic support to help offset education, living and career costs such as childcare, transportation, housing, tools and personal protective equipment.
  • host networking and conference events to help facilitate learning opportunities and to connect students with mentors and members of industry.
  • enhance NAIT’s equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) efforts through staff training and the development of an EDI curriculum for trades-based programs.
  • provide workplace EDI training for employers, in partnership with Women Building Futures. The training program is expected to be available by Fall 2024.

“NAIT is excited to welcome more women-identifying apprentices through this wonderful program, and to support these folks through their educational journey. The skilled trades are a viable pathway for folks who are looking for a career that’s going to lead them to be successful. We’re proud of the safe, inclusive learning environment NAIT works hard to foster for students of all backgrounds where they’ll learn the relevant, practical skills they need to successfully begin a career in the skilled trades,” said Matt Lindberg, dean of the School of Skilled Trades, NAIT.

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