CALGARY, ALTA. – A pipeline company in Calgary is donating $580,000 to support women in the trades.
Inter Pipeline announced a three-year partnership with Women Building Futures (WBF) to fund awareness and pre-apprenticeship training for women pursuing industrial trades in Alberta. This training is offered through WBF’s Journeywoman Start program, a 17-week classroom and hands-on pre-apprenticeship training program that introduces students to six different industrial trades.
“Women are generally underrepresented in construction and operations in our industry,” said Christian Bayle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inter Pipeline. “This partnership is a great opportunity to help address this by assisting women to enter the trades and unlock rewarding careers. It also aligns with Inter Pipeline’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and helping to create a supportive environment for people to succeed in their chosen trade.”
The company explained that women represent a massively underutilized workforce for the trades. Last year, 186 women graduated from WBF programs, 90 per cent were employed within the first 6 months of graduation
Empowering women to pursue careers in industrial trades is the objective of a new three-year partnership between Inter Pipeline Ltd. (“Inter Pipeline”) (TSX: IPL) and Women Building Futures (“WBF”). Inter Pipeline is investing $580,000 to support WBF in raising awareness and providing pre-apprenticeship training to women in Alberta’s Heartland area. This training is offered through WBF’s Journeywoman Start program, a 17-week classroom and hands-on pre-apprenticeship training program that introduces students to six different industrial trades.
Several graduates from WBF’s Journeywoman Start program are already working on Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex construction site with key contractors of the project. Construction of the complex, located in Alberta’s Heartland region, began in early 2018 and there are currently almost 1,200 workers on site each day.