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Women in Construction program offered in Barriere

Fully funded trades construction program for women will be starting in Barriere this month

Hey, ladies! Here is a great opportunity for North Thompson women to get a step in the door for the construction trades, gain experience, and find gainful employment in a trades career. The Women in Construction program is supported by Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the Industry Training Authority of BC, and will be coming to the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere this month.

This program is geared to fill in work place gaps and give deserving women new trades skills. Most importantly – this is a fully-funded trades exploratory course, which is focused on giving women the skills and tickets they need to gain trades employment.

Starting May 25, women and those who identify as such, will gain hands-on skills and experience in carpentry, construction craft work, electrical and plumbing courses, as well as gaining many tickets commonly used in trades employment.

Course participants will be completing hands-on projects at the North Thompson Fall Fairgrounds over a 12 week period on many projects that will be an assist and seen for years to come within the community. Organizers say those completing the course should have the skills to join a trades career, apprenticeship or schooling.

Full funding is provided for tuition, books, personal protective equipment, tools, and there is also potential for a day care subsidy.

Any ladies interested in the program are encouraged to find information about eligibility and the application process by going to the TRU website at: tru.ca/witt or by calling Meghan Low at 250-574-2340.

“Seats will fill up fast,” says Low, “So do not hesitate to contact us today and gain the experience needed to put yourself on a path to trades.”

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