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Training Programs Help Women Get Jobs

McGuinty Government Invests In Women In Skilled Trades

Ministry of the Status of Women

Ontario is helping low-income women in Kitchener-Waterloo get jobs in high demand areas of trades and information technology.

Conestoga College will receive over $784,000 to fund the Women in Skilled Trades program and the Information Technology Training for Women program. These programs will provide 61 women with training in areas such as carpentry, automotive service and parts, network administration, and web development.

This is part of a $3.3 million investment over the next two years that will help 264 low income women across Ontario get the training they need to earn a good wage, and create a better future for themselves and their families.

The McGuinty government is investing in skills training to create jobs and opportunity while strengthening Ontario's economy.

Quick Facts

  • 80% of women who have graduated from a WIST/ITTW program are employed or pursuing further training in their field.
  • Women continue to be under-represented in the skilled trades. In 2007/08, women made up only 3% of registered apprentices in the automotive, construction and industrial trades in Ontario.
  • The government is doubling maximum monthly payments of the Ontario Child Benefit that will provide 1.3 million low- and middle-income families with up to $1,100 annually per child starting this July.

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“The Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training for Women programs give women the opportunity to become economically independent and to contribute to Ontario’s economy. When we invest in women, we build stronger communities and a stronger Ontario.”

Deb Matthews

Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues

“I'm proud so many Ontario postsecondary education and training organizations are improving women's lives in partnership with WIST and ITTW. By improving skills training programs for women, we're building the workforce Ontario needs to compete in tomorrow's economy.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“It is necessary for all Ontarians to reach their potential. The Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Program will make Ontario better by empowering women to pursue careers in skilled trades and secure good jobs and help build strong communities.”

Leeanna Pendergast

MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

“The Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training for Women programs have been a resounding success for everyone involved. As an employer, I have benefited from the addition of a well-trained WIST graduate to my staff.”

Mike Holmes

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