St. Clair, Unifor and WEST Partnering for Success

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(Windsor, Ontario) – For the past several years, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, St. Clair College and Unifor have been working together to offer local women a very unique opportunity.

Thanks to funding from the Government of Ontario’s ‘Ontario Status of Women’ initiative, the group has been partnering to deliver skilled trades training to low-income women who are unemployed or under-employed, giving them a chance to gain in-class and on the job experience with a goal of preparing them to enter the local job market.

WEST recently made a stop at St. Clair College to celebrate the partnership which sees 20 women enrolled in the CNC/Industrial Mechanic Millwright Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate program each year.

At St. Clair, the women take part in 15 weeks of classes while also gaining 70 hours of hands-on training, further preparing them to go out and land a job.

Also, while at St. Clair, WEST facilitates a peer support group on a weekly basis giving the participants a chance to reflect on their successes and challenges throughout the program. The sessions also teach the skills needed to create a sector specific resume and cover letter, how to be successful in an interview and how to find a work placement.

Over the years, of those who have completed the course, 60% continue to be employed in the trades.

We at St. Clair thank WEST and Unifor for making this partnership possible and look forward to many more successful years.

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