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Posted by on: August 12, 2016
The building of the 2017 Y Dream Home is now underway and we are delighted that three of the fifteen Carpentry students building the home are graduates from the 2016 Women in Trades program! Oftentimes, introductory programs are questioned of their value as they don’t necessarily have ‘credits’ attached to them, but here is a clear example of how the 12-week WiTT can lead participants to pursuing a trades career of their choice, and quickly!
TRU has been a partner of The Y Dream Home for several years. This year’s Carpentry student started their program July 18 and today, they have poured concrete already! The building of the house fits right into the Carpentry program and also meets the technical training for years 1 and 2 of the Carpentry Apprenticeship. Students are happy to know while they are learning hands-on, they are also gaining 450 work-based hours which can be used toward their Red Seal requirements.
CFJC TV 7 did a news story on this year’s project and filmed the ceremonial ‘first cut’. Watch in the link below as former 2016 WiTT student Taylor Brunn is interviewed. Taylor is ecstatic about being a part of this opportunity! The three former WiTT students helping build this dream home couldn’t have imagined they would have been a part of this amazing opportunity as they ventured into the Trades Training Building not knowing what trade they wanted to pursue or even if trades was something they would be interested in! And now, after getting a taste of each trade, these three chose carpentry and dove right in, writing the accuplacer and submitting their application immediately after completing WiTT and were accepted to the next available intake!
For more information about the WiTT program or Women in Trades initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out on Facebook at Women in Trades, TRU