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Training Hotline

By calling Ontario’s Training Hotline, you can ask a counsellor to assess your employment and training needs and determine appropriate programs and services.

This document was published under a previous government.

Employment Training Programs for Women

Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training

The Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training program provides training for women in communities where skilled trades and IT workers are needed. It offers gender sensitive in-class and on-the-job training to women with low incomes who are unemployed or underemployed and helps them prepare for jobs. Training can take up to one year to complete.

The Skilled Trades stream offers pre-apprenticeship training in class and on the job for specific trades. It includes employability and workplace preparation to help women prepare for a predominately male work environment as well as to make them aware of employer expectations. Following graduation, women are qualified to enter a variety of highly skilled and high-demand skilled trade jobs and apprenticeships.

The Information Technology Training stream helps women get jobs, further training and certification in the IT sector. It offers training in-class and on the job, and includes employability and workplace preparation. As a result of this initiative, women are better prepared for higher paying employment in the information technology sector, and employers are able to choose from more skilled candidates.

Employment Training for Abused and At-Risk Women

Employment Training for Abused / At-Risk Women helps women who have experienced abuse or are at risk of abuse to develop new skills, find employment, and achieve economic security. Ten training programs are currently delivered across the province. Each program is delivered through a partnership which includes a women's organization that provides violence against women prevention and support services; a training organization (e.g., college or community agency); and a minimum of two employers. Their local Employment Ontario and Ontario Works also support the programs. This program is part of the Ontario government's commitment under the Domestic Violence Action Plan to provide better community supports for victims of domestic violence.