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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

Journeywoman Start

Learn the fundamentals of six trades and make an informed decision when it comes to which trade you want to apprentice in!
To learn more about the program and to apply click here.

Get behind the wheel and take control of your career with the Class 1 Driver Program

To learn more and to apply click here.

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.

The ACSA Partnership

We are excited to announce our partnership with the ACSA, check out our video to learn more.

North West Refining Partnership

North West Refining not only diversifies what they make, but also diversifies their workforce with the Women Building Futures partnership.

Watch the video to hear what they have to say.

WBF News


March 6, 2017 - CBC News - Jacqueline Andersen, Acting Industry Relations Director of WBF said she was excited by the government's announcement Monday to invest $1 million to help train apprentices who've found themselves out of work in Alberta's lacklustre economy.. Click here to read the full article. 

March 1, 2017 - Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine - WBF staffers, Journeyman welder (Amy Charette) and Journeyman carpenter (Chris Roddelt) discuss the changes in PPE for women in the trades over the years.. Click here to read the full article. 

February 28, 2017 - Piling Canada Magazine - Women Building Futures (WBF) and BuildForce speak on bridging the gap in order to attract more women into the trades. To read the full article, click here

February 27, 2017 - Calgary Sun - The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) and Women Building Futures (WBF) have entered into a partnership to enure a safer, more productive workplace for women working in the construction industry. Click here to read the full article. 

February 17, 2017 – Edmonton & Calgary Sun – Women Building Futures focuses on driving change with new Class 1 Driver program. Read the full article.

February 9, 2017 - Women Building Futures (WBF) and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project recently entered into a new partnership to recruit, assess and train Indigenous women for safe and productive entry into the pipeline construction field.

February 8, 2017 - CBC - Why women are expected to play a bigger role in the field in the coming years. Listen to the report here

February 8, 2017 - Global News - A partnership was announced Wednesday morning at a gathering of Alberta’s construction leaders that aims to make construction sites safer for women. Click here to read the full article. 

February 6, 2017 – WBF and ACSA Partnership promotes a safer and more productive workplace for women. To learn more, click here.

January 12, 2017 - What comes to mind when you think of women in trades? Women Building Futures (WBF) wants it to be equal. Equally capable, equally needed, and one day, equally represented #itsherturn. To learn more about this initiative, click here.

December 8, 2016 - JudyLynn Archer, President and CEO of Women Building Futures, teams up with Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada, to discuss the impact women can have on the trades. To read the full article click here: http://www.careersandeducation.ca/industry-insight/qampa-women-building-futures.

November 24, 2016 - “With as many as a quarter of a million construction workers retiring this decade, construction companies want and need women to help fill that skills vacuum" - Wise words from Darrel Reid of PCA. To read the full article, click here: http://www.pcac.ca/…/construction-companies-step-up-effort…/

November 7, 2016 - BuildForce Canada and Women Building Futures (WBF) are collaborating to encourage more women to pursue careers in construction, Daily Commercial News. Click here to read the article.

October 27, 2016 – WBF launches Vision 2025 at Women Building Extraordinary Futures Industry event. Check out some major milestones in WBF’s history and our vision for the future. Click here to view the timeline.

October 26, 2016 - New BuildForce‒Women Building Futures Partnership Aims to Attract More Women to Construction. Click here to read the full press release

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

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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