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Helping Women Gain New Skills To Get Jobs

McGuinty Government Supports Job Training For Women in Growing Sectors

Ministry of the Status of Women

Ontario is helping about 350 low-income women gain new skills to get jobs in today's growing economy.

Through the Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology (WIST/IT) Training program, low-income women receive training in communities where skilled trades and IT workers are needed. Each training program offers in-class training in areas such as carpentry, network administration and web development, followed by a work placement with an employer on-site.

Helping to provide training for new careers is one way the McGuinty government is working to drive job creation for Ontarians and build vibrant local communities.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has helped to train more than 2,220 women through the Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training program.
  • Seven programs, including one for Francophone women and two for Aboriginal women, are being offered in eight locations across Ontario.
  • Approximately 80 per cent of women who have graduated from the WIST/IT Training program find employment, or pursue further training or apprenticeships, within six months of graduating.
  • Women's participation in apprenticeship training is on the rise with women representing 19 per cent of apprentices in Ontario. Yet women remain under-represented in apprenticeship trades that have been traditionally male-dominated, such as carpentry, horticulture, plumbing and welding.

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“Helping women gain employment builds a positive future for them and for Ontario. Job training in high-demand sectors, coupled with a meaningful work placement, will mean that hundreds more women are given the tools that they need to support themselves, their families, and grow Ontario's economy.”

Laurel Broten

Minister Responsible for Women's Issues

“These programs help women in our community start new careers and learn the skills our local employers need.”

Michael Coteau

MPP Don Valley East

“MicroSkills helps women get the skills they need to be successful in today's workforce.”

Kay Blair

Executive Director, Community MicroSkills Development Centre

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