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North Bay college offering pre-apprenticeship carpentry program for women

Eligible candidates could qualify for free tuition, supplies

Canadore College in North Bay is offering a pre-apprenticeship program in general carpentry for Indigenous women, or any women who are interested in a career in the trade.

The course is designed as a stepping stone to further education or training in preparing students for future roles in general contracting, the residential and ICI (industrial, commercial and institutional) building sectors, with construction companies, or as furniture and cabinet manufacturers.

Over 22 weeks, students will learn to use hand and power tools while working with various construction materials.

They’ll learn the latest installation methods along with the best practices and workplace safety of the trade, and will complete an eight-week work placement as part of their learning.

“You will be guided and supported in culturally inclusive strategies during training and placement, with continued support as you transition into the workplace or further education,” according to the school’s course description.

Upon completion, students will have their General Carpenter Apprenticeship Training Level 1, health and safety training, as well exposure to electrical as a secondary trade.

To be eligible, participants must:

  • be a woman 19 years of age or over;
  • be a resident of Ontario, and eligible to work in Canada;
  • meet low-income eligibility criteria; and
  • have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, a General Educational Diploma or the equivalent.

The course will run from May 30 to Oct. 28, 2022 at Canadore's Commerce Court campus.

More information is available by contacting Marissa Gillies-Linklater, project lead, at 705-474-7600, ext. 5854, 705-471-6603, or