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Trades Campus

Trades Campus

This successful program has ended for 2022.

Check back in the future for more details!

To ensure women are supported at every stage, Build a Dream has developed Trades Campus, a supportive, engaging, interactive online learning portal designed to address the specific needs of under-represented groups in skilled trades.

Each of the campus’ three academies focuses on the group’s unique needs and equips them with mentorship/role models, support, and much-needed resources. Join us and connect with women across the province to share stories, talk about your experience onsite and give each other tips!

Academy 1: Students, Pre-Apprentices, and/or Trades as a Second Career

This virtual academy will introduce women in tech classes, youth apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship programs (as well as women pursuing trades as a second career) to the benefit and barriers often associated with skilled trades. Using a combination of synchronous online classes, videos and asynchronous presentations, participants will learn more about what to expect with a career in the skilled trades. Overall, the academy focuses on awareness, sharing goals, and getting ready for the next steps.

Academy 2: Apprentices and Journeypersons

This virtual academy will focus on women who are already in the trades. Using a combination of synchronous online classes, videos and asynchronous presentations, participants will learn about resources available, skills required to advance, and how to build their network. Overall, the academy focuses on networking, sharing goals, and planning future moves.

Academy 3: Employers or Industry Representatives

How do you increase applicants, improve apprenticeship completion rates, minimize loss, and build true resilience for your workforce? Learn from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experts as they lead thought-provoking conversations surrounding the importance of DEI in the workplace will help you attract, recruit, retain and advance new employees. 

In partnership with Build a Dream’s Stir It Up series, participants will get the opportunity to: 

  • Connect with Industry professionals to discuss the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your workforce. 
  • Discover simple steps to begin making improvements 
  • Share best practices for allyship, inclusion, and listening 

Stay tuned for upcoming dates and more information!

Spots are limited.

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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