An exciting opportunity for women who are interested in learning the skilled trade of an Iron Worker.  A partnership between Women Building Futures, North West Redwater Partnership and the Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan means that women can take advantage of a project that is meant to transition females into successful careers that require this trade.

In a release, Judy Lynn Archer, President and CEO of Women Building Futures said, "This is about empowering women to succeed in non-traditional careers while transforming the face of industry in Canada.  It's amazing what can happen when organizations join together to create business solutions that also solve social issues."

Iron Worker roles will need to by filled with trades people for the construction and maintenance of the North West Redwater Refinery.  This partnership will have a new Iron Worker Readiness Training program, tuition paid by North West Redwater and work experience and employment opportunities available at the Refinery through contractors.  Those who sign up will be indentured as Iron working apprentices with the Alberta Ironworker Apprenticeship and Training Plan. 

The release included thoughts from Mike Yorke, Labour Relations Manager of NWR.  “Our industry needs more skilled labour and we know that despite their capabilities, women are underrepresented in this aspect of the workforce.  So for us this partnership was a no brainer - we get to help some talented women start a new career and get our refinery built." 

Interested parties should know, the program includes:  hands on skill training at Local 720 followed by Worksite Safety Certification: Standard First Aid, CPR Level One, CSTS and WHMIS, OSSA Elevated Work Platform, OSSA Fall Protection; Workplace Culture Awareness™, and Worksite Safety and Productivity Standards.  Apprenticeship retention and completion support by WBF.  Pre-assessment for drugs, alcohol and fitness to work will be dealt through WBF’s assessment partner SureHire Occupational Testing.