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The CWB Welding Foundation has launched a welding program for women with support from the Government of Canada's Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program.

"Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities: An Introduction to Welding Program encompasses two elements: an expansion of the organization's networking platform for women welders under the "Women of Steel" banner, and a 30-hour pre-employment technical skills development program, which will be delivered across Canada in 2019 in collaboration with six post secondary institutions.

"Our ‘Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities-Introduction to Welding Program (IWP)’ aims to encourage women to explore careers in welding, building awareness and clarifying perceptions for improved understanding of potential opportunities and rewards of this career path. It will provide introductory real work experiences, provide a pathway to employment, assist in making informed career choices, and help them to develop the skills needed to find and keep rewarding, well-paying jobs in the trade and labour market across Canada,” says Susan Crowley, executive director, CWB Welding Foundation.

The social media platform, #WomenOfSteel, and event networking plan aims to engage and unite women in both traditional and non-traditional welding careers across Canada and to highlight and inform experienced and new female welders’ career journeys into welding. Currently over 40 women across Canada are actively involved in the WOS program.

The CWB Welding Foundation’s 30-hour Introduction to Welding Program has been created using the CWB Group’s proprietary “Acorn” learning curriculum. In this, its inaugural year, the IWP will be offered in six cities, inclusive of women across all target demographics. The program has been strategically designed to foster personal and career development for participants while supporting Canadian industry faced with both current and projected shortages of highly skilled employees across welding and associated trades.

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