EDMONTON, ALTA.—The federal government is expanding training and skills development opportunities for women by investing more than $2 million in the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program.
The money will allow WBF to acquire assets that help in the delivery of their HEO training program for students. Specifically, it will go towards the purchase of two 100-ton haul trucks, a loading tool and simulator, as well as simulator support packages, conversion kits and e-learning modules, a release reads.
On top of the federal component, companies such as Imperial, Finning Canada, Mammoet Canada Western Ltd., and SureHire, are also supporting the HEO Program. They are providing WBF with access to services and resources so that women receive the skills and experience needed to pursue careers in non-traditional trades.
More than 60 women are expected to be trained and employed as HEO operators by 2018, the release continues.
By 2020, WBF anticipates to have close to 100 HEO program graduates per year. Twenty per cent of its graduates will be Aboriginal women.