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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 trained, and get a great paying career!

Check out our Journeywoman Start Program!
This 17-week program will offer women hands-on skills training in many areas of the trades. This program is designed to prepare women for entry-level work in the oil and gas, or the construction industry. 
Application deadline: August 26, 2016
Click here to learn more. 

Build a career in construction, with our NEW one-day Workplace Culture Workshops!

This course is designed for women who are interested in preparing themselves for a successful career in the construction industry
Click here to see when courses are offered.

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

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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February 26, 2016 - Edmonton AB — Women Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier trades training organization for women, is pleased to welcome TransCanada as a new partner in the WBF Opportunities for Women in Construction Awareness Campaign (OFWIC). WBF has been running the OFWIC campaign since 2007, the only sustained awareness program of its kind in Western Canada. Click here to read the press release. 

February 18, 2016 - Edmonton AB—Women Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier trades training organization for women, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) and the Alberta Carpenters Training Fund to train women to become carpenters and scaffolders. Click here to read the press release. 

February 11, 2016 - Edmonton AB—Women Building Futures is pleased to announce a new partnership with KBR Wabi, a CLAC affiliate. Click here to read the Press Release. 


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.

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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.

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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.

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