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WBF Program Highlights

Operator Readiness Program 

This program helps women prepare for and succeed as entry-level labourers and operators in various industries.
Application dealine: December 12, 2016
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Construction Bootcamp

This tuition paid program prepares women for entry-level work in the construction industry with the potential for employment. 
Application deadline: December 19, 2016
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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.
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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.

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

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

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