Women Building Futures Society

Pre - Apprenticeship Programs

Offers programs that prepare women for entry - level work in the construction industry or trade apprenticeships.

Service provides:

  • programs that prepare women for entry - level work in the construction industry or trade apprenticeships


  • Journeywoman Start (JWS) - a 17 week program to help women prepare for construction and oil and gas jobs, with 2 weeks of worksite safety certification, 8 weeks of hands - on skill training, 2 weeks of workplace culture awareness, 4 weeks of academics (trades math, science, and English), 2 weeks of work experience, an opportunity to write the Level B Trade Entrance Exam, and job search and apprenticeship retention support
  • Electrical Basics - an immersion program that prepares women for entry - level employment in the electrical industry, and includes a basic math refresher, knowledge of various tools, currents, voltage, resistance, and circuits, plus hands - on experience in running wire, bending pipe, installing switches, stripping and insulating splices and conductors, and an introduction to the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1
  • Welding Basics - a program that prepares women for entry - level work with the goal of becoming a registered apprentice in welding, and includes introductions to drawing and blueprint reading, tools and equipment, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and oxygen acetylene cutting, as well as hands - on skills training in cutting, grinding, SMAW welding, GMAW welding, joining techniques, weld positions, welding safety, and weld faults
  • Carpenter / Scaffolder Readiness Program - a 7 week, tuition - paid program to help prepare women to succeed as an entry level Carpenter / Scaffolder in the construction industry and become a registered apprentice with the Alberta Carpenters Training Fund; successful students will have the opportunity for employment with various contractors
Yes, Service targeted to women:
  • 18 years and older
  • who are physically fit
There may be program - specific entrance requirements. Additional information available at weekly information sessions and / or webinars.
Application Process
Service Access: Application Required, To access service: 
  • visit website for application form
  • visit free weekly information sessions and / or webinars for more information
  • contact a Student Recruitment Advisor for help with filling out forms
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: No,
Toll Free
Web Site
Fee: Yes,

Contact for details.

Fee Reduction: Yes,

Funding may include government grants for low income individuals and Employer Sponsored Tuition depending on program.

Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: Yes - Other disabled access: N/A -
Legal Status
Registered Not-For-Profit
Last Updated On
March 22, 2016
10326 107 Street
Edmonton, AB, T5J 1K2
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Hours of Operation
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM