COURTICE, ONT. — The Millwright Regional Council – Canada and Build a Dream recently celebrated the initiation of their first joint venture, launching the Introduction to Millwrighting five-week program for women based in Courtice, Ont.
Participants in the program will also receive wraparound support from Build a Dream, including financial assistance and personalized support through career coaching designed to eliminate barriers, ensuring every woman has the opportunity to actively participate and succeed, a release reads.
The collaboration commences in Courtice, however, both partners aim to broaden the program’s reach nationwide. The ultimate goal is to inspire women across the country to pursue and excel in the skilled trades.
Ten women were selected to participate in the program. Through the collaborative efforts of industry partners, the council has secured unique work placements for the new members, opportunities previously unavailable.
“In launching the Introduction to Millwrighting Program alongside the Millwright Regional Council – Canada, we’re not just responding to the skilled worker shortage; we’re rewriting the narrative of who can succeed in the skilled trades,” said Nour Hachem-Fawaz, president and founder of Build a Dream, in a statement. “The five-week intensive program is meticulously crafted to be more than an educational journey; it’s a transformative experience.
“It’s about instilling confidence, fostering resilience, and ensuring that every participant emerges not just prepared for apprenticeship but empowered to be trailblazer in their union and the industry. We believe in equipping these women with the tools to not only to succeed in navigating the challenges of apprenticeship and the skilled trades but to truly thrive, incite change, and set new standards.”