Women Building Futures — industry recognized

Women Building Futures offers industry recognized training and affordable housing for women looking to enter the construction, maintenance, and driving industries. 

“I just needed somebody to give me a chance,” says Cora Lee, who was struggling day by day.  She says  WBF helped her discover a purpose.

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WBF is for women who feel stuck and are looking for new opportunities in life. 

“We want you to know that the trades are a place where women succeed every day,” say officials.

The WBF has the attention of Kinder Morgan employment and training lead Annie Korver.

“Pipeline construction, facility construction, and mid-stream — WBF’s formula is bang on and the opportunity exists for WBF to do more of what they’re already doing,” she says.

“WBF invests time and energy in the front end, the screening, the identification and the pre-program training. They’re not looking at putting bums in seats, but rather to provide training to the right candidates for companies to consider hiring.”

Since 1998, WBF has been preparing women for economically prosperous careers in industries where women have historically been under-represented, and ensuring career success for women within these industries at a consistent employment rate of 90 per cent.

 “Women Building Futures has been out to Saddle Lake Cree Nation to shed some light on the programs for the women of our Nation. The Indigenous Engagement Team has helped our women in Saddle Lake understand that a career in trades is easier than they thought,” says Candice Cardinal, Project Coordinator, Saddle Lake Employment & Training Centre in Alberta.  

“I’ve witnessed the increase in women from our Nation working in industry. While some have stayed and worked in the community, some have moved on as they liked the challenge of working in the industry area,” adds Faron Bull, a councillor with the Paul First Nation.

Upcoming classes

• Driver & Operator Training
Application Deadline: May 10, 2019
Class Start: August 12, 2019

• Journeywoman Start Class 86
Application Deadline: May 24, 2019
Class Start: September 16, 2019

• Journeywoman Start Class 87
Application Deadline: August 9, 2019
Class Start: November 25, 2019

• Suncor Haul Truck Operator
Application Deadline: Summer 2019 (TBD)
Class Start: Fall 2019 (TBD)

• Heavy Equipment Technician (Fort McMurray)
Application Deadline: Summer 2019 (TBD)
Class Start: Winter 2020 (TBD)

Email Rob Brown at editor@dcdn.ca.

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