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Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you want to work toward a secure career in a promising industry?

Find your future in the skilled trades! YWCA Hamilton is pleased to offer Pre-Apprenticeship programs for Women in Trades.  These programs are offered at no-cost, and provide participants with technical training and job coaching to start their career in the skilled trades.

Commercial Residential Painter Decorator (404C) at Finishing Trades Institute of Ontario
Applications are now being accepted

Location: Training will take place at 1430 Osprey Drive, Ancaster, ON

Successful participants will receive:

Assistance to secure an 8 week placement.

To be eligible for these programs, you must be:

Female, non-binary ages 18+
Grade 10 minimum 16 credits
Able to travel to training and work sites

General Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship Program in affiliation with Niagara College

What do Machinists do? General Machinists produce parts by interpreting drawings, selecting the most appropriate raw materials and performing calculations. They use a variety of machines and tools to cut shapes. They finish metal to make precision machined parts and components used in all areas of manufacturing.  General Machinists are also responsible for setting up and operating both conventional and numerically controlled metal-cutting machines and equipment, including saws, drills, grinders, lathes and mills.

Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program in affiliation with Niagara College

What do Electricians do? Electricians install, maintain, and repairs electrical systems and products used in residential homes, businesses, and factories. Electricians work inside or outside buildings to ensure lights, industrial equipment, and appliances operate safely and reliably.

Successful participants will receive:

Job readiness training
Up to 16 weeks at Niagara College
Assistance with an 8 week placement

To be eligible for these programs, you must be:

Female or non-binary, aged 18 years or older
Canadian citizen or permanent resident (must be legally able to work in Canada)
Must have proof of Grade 12 or equivalent
Must be available full time for the entirety of the program

For more information, please contact:

For more information, please contact:

Deborah Schwientek,
Manager, Employment and Training Services
Email: dschwientek@ywcahamilton.org

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