Funding program launched for women in construction trades

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The Long Harbour Employers Association (LHEA) and the Resource Development Council (RDC) announced today they have provided funding of $383,200 for initiatives aimed at creating training opportunities for women in Newfoundland and Labrador in the construction trades.

According to a news release, funding for the training initiatives is being provided by a joint committee of employers and unions which was established as part of the collective agreement signed by the LHEA and the RDC prior to construction beginning on Vale’s nickel processing plant in Long Harbour.

It is expected that over the life of the project, $1 million will be committed to the training of women in construction trades.

Jackie Lamothe, human resources manager for Vale in Newfoundland and Labrador, said “the partnership of the LHEA and the RDC, which led to the creation of the Diversity Committee, shares common goals aimed at creating awareness of career opportunities presented by the construction trades, removing barriers that prevent women or other under-represented groups from pursing the trades as a career, and providing financial support for training.”

The release states the Diversity Committee solicited proposals from RDC member unions to train women to become apprentices or acquire skills necessary for the Long Harbour project. Following a review of the submissions received, proposals that have received funding support include:

• United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Carpenters Local 579 and Carpenters Millwrights College proposal to train eight female apprentices to do heavy form work. The amount of the approval is to a maximum of $64,000.

• International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Newfoundland, BAC Local 01, NL and BAC Masonry College; approved $49,200 for six females in cement finishing.

• Millwrights Local Union 1009 and Carpenters Millwrights College have been approved at a max of $10,000/student/to a maximum of $150,000.

• International Union of Operating Engineers, Local Union 904 and Operating Engineers College have been approved for $120,000.

The Diversity Committee continues to review other opportunities to provide support for additional training.

Organizations: NL and BAC Masonry College, Operating Engineers College, Diversity Committee United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America International Union of Bricklayers Millwrights Local Union International Union of Operating Engineers

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Long Harbour.It, Long Harbour

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Recent comments

  • David McDonald
    November 19, 2011 - 17:13

    Where can we obtain more information regarding obtaining funding and programs available.

  • Melissa
    November 08, 2011 - 17:24

    I just have to say that this makes me sick to my stomach. I am a woman that is going to school to be a welder, I started out paying for school with student loans because I am a hard worker and didn't want to give up my job. Student aid is cutting my funding because making $200 biweekly seems to be to much for a student to make. No one will help me get funding because I am already inroled in the program. What makes me sick is the fact that they are willing to provide funding to those who purposely get laid off to get EI and the government to pay for school and their living expenses but those of us that actually want to earn our own money and just need alittle help along the way can't get access to this funding! I just wanted to make that known to all the woman out there thinking of going for a trade, think before you do it because you will more then likely have trouble with it if you are working.

  • ann
    October 27, 2011 - 10:42

    Hi what is the website for the women in trades, for the funding that is avaliable?

  • Totally Impressed
    August 29, 2010 - 19:11

    Thank You ! Thank you to all those who have been involved in providing this amazing opportunity to women in trades. This is the kind of Leadership industry needs more of ! To all the women who get the chance to take part in training and an amazing work experience .. work hard and be proud to be a part of such a fantastic project right here in our beautiful province. As a Woman Apprentice in this province I am overwhelmed and appreciate greatly how this will impact women in trades .. Leaders in Industry you should be very proud of yourselves.

  • molly Byrne
    August 18, 2010 - 23:30

    i went to school and got a apprentices in Carpenter but not in 579 i love to work. i a very hard worker i work 2 years with it but i have not got any work after so i would love to work with your company you can call me at 709-789-3124 looking forward to hear from you Molly

  • nasty nate
    August 18, 2010 - 12:48

    Forced membership into a criminal gang is not an education. These unions need to be removed from the equation. My taxes are being stolen to pay unions, not to educate people as they should be. This is a criminal pyramid scheme and nothing more..