Build a Dream will launch a free online program with a $503,000 grant from the province

Build a Dream is launching a free e-learning program to meet the specific needs of women as they enter the skilled trades and ensure they are supported every step of the way.

The organization received a grant of $503,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to implement the program. Build a Dream says its “Trades Campus” offers free, challenging and engaging online learning.

“The program will connect participants with women in the industry, provide leadership opportunities and highlight employers and expectations,” said Nour Hachem-Fawaz, president of Build a Dream, in a press release. .

“We thank the ministry for its contribution and are pleased that the funding is being used to help and support women in their career paths through the Campus des métiers program.

The Career Campus will offer two courses depending on where students are in their career path:


  • Academy 1: Students, pre-apprentices and trades as a second career – 6 p.m. “The virtual academy will introduce women in technology courses, youth apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs (as well as women pursuing trades as a second career) to the benefits and barriers often associated with skilled trades. Participants will learn more about what to expect with a career in the skilled trades.The academy focuses on raising awareness, sharing goals and preparing for next steps.

  • Academy 2: Apprentices and journeymen – 7 p.m. “This virtual academy will focus on women who are already in the trades. Participants will learn about the resources available, the skills required to advance and how to build their network. Overall, the academy focuses on networking, sharing of goals and planning for the future moves.”

The program will take place on May 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for Academy 1 and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Academy 2.

Visit the Create a dream website for more information or to register for the program.

Karen O. Fielding