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WBF has affordable, fully-furnished housing available for women and their children. Stay here while you complete your training and create a future you can be proud of. Our facility in downtown Edmonton is a secure, women-only building just steps away from your training classes. Learn more.

WBF Program Highlights

Get the training and do some really ‘cool’ work as a Heat and Frost Insulator!

Apply today for the tuition-paid, 10-week Insulator Readiness Program!
Application deadline: November 14, 2016 - Click here to learn more.

Is a career as a heavy equipment operator in your future?

Check out our WBF/Suncor Fort Hills Heavy Equipment Operator Program!
Successful grads will be considered for hire for camp-based positions at Suncor's Fort Hills mining project.
Application deadline: November 21, 2016
Click here to learn more. 

NEW! Best Practices for Building a Career in Construction: Action Planning for Work!

This free half-day workshop is available to any woman looking for extra support to succeed in construction.
Click here for workshop dates.

Get the training you need, with Academic Readiness!

Academic Readiness will prepare women for academic upgrading to write the pre-apprenticeship exam to qualify for a WBF program. Check out our upcoming course dates.
Click here see what courses are offered.

WBF News

September 22, 2016 - Women Building Futures Carpenter/Scaffolder graduates begin work at the North West Redwater Partnership’s Sturgeon Refinery. Read Article

August 18, 2016 - Women Building Futures has been included in a Journal of Commerce article  along with NWR and the Ironworkers Local 720, about how WBF and the union have trained 11 female Ironworkers to work at the North West Redwater Refinery. Click here to read the full article. 

June 13, 2016 - Women Building Futures has been included in a Huffington Post article along with LIFT Philanthropy, about how women in the trades could close the labour shortage in Canada. Click here to read the full article. 

May 19, 2016 - Women Building Futures' first class from the Ironworker Readiness Program graduated in May. All 11 women were recruited to join NWR Refinery as apprentice ironworkers. At the graduation, some of these successful grads shared their stories with news crews.

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WBF Videos

Below is a playlist of videos detailing some of our programs, including recent additions like Construction Start.

Additional Videos

Aboriginal Women: The Opportunity is Now

If you are an Aboriginal woman thinking about getting into construction, listen to what Aboriginal women have to say about it. Also, listen to what industry leaders have to say on this topic.

Watch on YouTube

Industry Leaders Talking about Opportunities for Women in Construction

Did you know that between 2011 and 2019 Canada’s construction industry will need to recruit approximately 320,000 workers? It’s true. And Alberta will feel this demand possibly even more so than other places. Retiring baby-boomers and global competition for workers means great career opportunities for women in construction.

Watch on YouTube

Opportunities for Women in Construction

Working in the trades is hard work and it’s not for every man or woman. But if you are looking for a way to earn a good living, and build a career – a career in construction just might be what you’re looking for. Watch the video and listen to what women are saying about it.

Think about it - you would be earning a very nice income while learning a trade as an apprentice electrician, welder, pipefitter, plumber or any of 30 construction related trades. Or you could work as a heavy equipment operator building roads or hauling rock.

Watch on YouTube