CWB Welding Foundation launches Introduction to Welding Program for Women with Funding from the Government of Canada



CWB Welding Foundation launches Introduction to Welding Program for Women with Funding from the Government of Canada

MILTON, ON - June 18, 2019- The CWB Welding Foundation is excited to launch "Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities"-An Introduction to Welding Program (IWP) generously funded by the Government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program. This project consists of two components; The further expansion of its networking platform for women welders under the ‘Women of Steel’ banner, and a 30 Hour pre-employment technical skills development program, which will be delivered across Canada in 2019 in collaboration with six post-secondary institutions.

"Our ‘Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities-Introduction to Welding Program (IWP)’ aims to encourage women to explore careers in welding, building awareness and clarifying perceptions for improved understanding of potential opportunities and rewards of this career path. It will provide introductory real work experiences, provide a pathway to employment, assist in making informed career choices, and help them to develop the skills needed to find and keep rewarding, well-paying jobs in the trade and labour market across Canada," said Susan Crowley, executive director, CWB Welding Foundation.

The social media platform, #WomenOfSteel, and event networking plan aims to engage and unite women in both traditional and non-traditional welding careers across Canada and to highlight and inform experienced and new female welders’ career journeys into welding. Currently over 40 women across Canada are actively involved in the WOS program.

The CWB Welding Foundation’s 30-hour Introduction to Welding Program has been created using the CWB Group’s proprietary "Acorn" learning curriculum. In this, its inaugural year, the IWP will be offered in six cities, inclusive of women across all target demographics. The program has been strategically designed to foster personal and career development for participants while supporting Canadian industry faced with both current and projected shortages of highly skilled employees across welding and associated trades.

The Foundation is actively promoting its Women of Steel: Forging New Opportunities-Introduction to Welding Program (IWP) across the country to raise awareness and increase female employment in the welding sector. Due to the fact that women only comprise about 4.5% of the skilled trades labour pool, it is imperative that the welding industry dedicates the required efforts to recruit more female skilled trades workers and eradicate misconceptions about the trades being a male-dominated environment.

The following list represents the inaugural partners and locations for the 2019 Introduction to Welding Program:



Host Location




Alberta Pipe Trades College

August 5-9, 2019



Fanshawe College

August 12-16, 2019



Algonquin College

August 19-23, 2019



Saskatchewan Polytechnic

August 19-23, 2019


New Brunswick

New Brunswick Community College

August 26-30, 2019


Yukon Territories

Yukon College

September 9-13, 2019


About the CWB Welding Foundation

CWB Welding Foundation (CWBWF) is a national not-for-profit charitable organization, working to support and sustain the need for skilled welding professionals in the workforce and contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity.

CWBWF’s mission is to forge partnerships between industry, education and government that enable Canadians to build great careers in the welding industry, through encouraging awareness, training, the promotion of best practices through a quality educational experience, impartial advocacy and greater accessibility for all those interesting in exploring future opportunities in skilled trades and a welding related career.

CWBWF develops and provides educational programs, capital, equipment, consumables and protective equipment that create and upgrade quality learning environments in school technology programs. They provide educator training, awards, and support applied research in post-secondary welding and technology education.