Tag: skilled trades

03 Apr

Time to Park the Stigma of Skilled Trades Careers

Employment & Training by YWCA Toronto

It used to be that students or workers that missed entering academically driven career paths ended up in the skilled trades. This second choice often carried a subtle – and sometimes not so subtle – stigma of mediocracy and separated potential leaders from perpetual subordinates. It also separated men from women, as women were not […]

24 Sep

YWCA Toronto gets Women into Hard Hats and Steel Toes

A lot can happen when women lace up steel-toed boots. For Sheila Martinez, a graduate of YWCA Toronto’s Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry program for women, entering the skilled trades has been a life-changer. As a single mom who has always loved to do her own plumbing, work outdoors and solve problems with her hands, carpentry was a […]

30 May

Creating change at the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

Last week, we hosted the 34th annual YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards (presented by Sun Life) to honour seven extraordinary women and raise essential funds for YWCA Toronto programs and services. In case you missed this remarkable event, check out our Storify recap of guests’ tweets and Instagrams throughout the evening. The ceremony was […]

23 May

34th Annual YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

Last night, YWCA Toronto hosted our 34th annual Women of Distinction Awards at the historic and elegant Carlu in downtown Toronto. The evening was a resounding success: inspiring women, charming host Anne-Marie Mediwake, a beautiful venue, delicious food, a silent auction, and fantastic live performances by Megan De Lima, graduate of The Honey Jam. None […]