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Alberta invests $10.7 million to support women in the skilled trades

Alberta invests $10.7 million to support women in the skilled trades

EDMONTON, ALTA. — The Government of Alberta is investing $10.7 million in Women Building Futures to support women developing careers in the skilled trades.

Women Building Futures is a non-profit helping unemployed and underemployed women pursue careers in the trades.

The organization offers employment training, support services, readiness workshops, affordable housing and connects women to employers.

“More women are joining the skilled trades each year and I’m so excited to see that,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Tanya Fir, in a news release.

“This is great news for women, for families, for businesses and for Alberta as a whole.”

Last year, Alberta had 5,700 women registered as apprentices, a 20 per cent increase over 2021.

“While the number of women continues to increase, there is more work to be done to alleviate the gender gap in the skilled trades,” the Province writes in its release.

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