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Trade Journey

It can be pretty intimidating for a woman to enter the trades because of the underrepresentation of females in industries like construction, carpentry, plumbing and the electrical trade. That’s where YWCA Saskatoon’s Trade Journey comes in. We are a pre-trades program that prepares women for success in their trade of choice.

Are you… looking for a change?

Are you… ready to start your dream career?

Are you… interested in starting a career in the construction trades industry?

Are you… a positive, hardworking woman who enjoys learning and new challenges?

…. Then the YWCA’s Trade Journey is for you!

Trade Journey is a 3 phase program:

Phase I – Pre-trades and Employment Preparation – 16 weeks

  • Skills training
    • The skills training portion of the program is done in a classroom setting. The Trades training portion will be at SK Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus.
  • Safety training
    • Trade Journey will provide you with the relevant training to obtain safety certifications required by most companies – i.e. : First Aid, WHIMIS, etc.
  • Fitness training
    • We provide participants with the opportunity to work on their physical fitness in preparation for entering their new career.
  • Experience working in trades
    • Participants are given basic training in Carpentry, plumbing, and electrical Trades.
  • 3-week work placement as construction labourers with industry employers
  • Soft skill training
    • We want all participants to feel empowered and confident in their abilities and we work on exercises to increase self esteem and provide support in preparing to take on a new challenge.

Phase II – Job Search and Job Maintenance

  • Job search and job retention supports
  • Employer contacts and interview preparation
  • Professional development opportunities

Phase III – Apprenticeship Supports

  • On-going supports as you work towards your apprenticeship
  • Job search and job retention supports
  • Professional development opportunities

If you have questions about the YWCA Trade Journey program, contact YWCA Saskatoon at 306-986-2884 or email: