COLLÈGE BORÉAL WELCOMES THE REGIONAL WOMEN IN TRADES FORUM

COLLÈGE BORÉAL WELCOMES THE REGIONAL WOMEN IN TRADES FORUM

Sudbury, March 5th, 2014 – Collège Boréal is most pleased to welcome close to 200 participants to the regional Women in Trades Forum, presented in partnership with the Women in Trades Network and the Community MicroSkills Development Centre.

Notably, some 60 young ladies aged 18 and older have the opportunity to explore non-traditional careers for women as they ‘try on a trade’; women who register for this segment will experience firsthand what it is like to work in 2 of 6 high demand trades. Other participants will have the opportunity to attend panel discussions with experts, workshops and presentations. Of course, all of this is meant to help eliminate barriers in fields traditionally reserved for men, such as carpentry, electricity and motive power trades.

Responding to the needs of the communities it serves, Collège Boréal has developed more than 20 new trades programs in the last few years, which has resulted in a spectacular 65% growth in enrollment since 2006 in this sector. Boréal also offers pre-apprenticeship training programs, thanks to financial support received through the Ontario Women’s Directorate. Encouraged by this success, Collège Boréal is working on new trades programs in order to provide various industries the workforce they require.

“Collège Boréal is working diligently in order to break down barriers to non-traditional trades careers for women in Northern Ontario and throughout the province,” notes Mr. Pierre Riopel, President of Collège Boréal. “We are most pleased to welcome this important Forum and hope that future Boréal students will participate fully.”

The Women in Trades Forum is being held in Collège Boréal’s Concert Hall from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Boréal thanks and congratulates the many partners and sponsors for their financial support and contribution to this event.

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