Women of Steel

The Women of Steel (WOS) campaign aims to support women in welding, through strategic engagement programs, both virtual and hands-on learning, that connect introductory welders to mentors. The campaign provides learning opportunities that foster education, growth, confidence, and experiences for women from across Canada interested in exploring potential welding career options while learning about the trade.

Overview

Update on CWB Welding Foundation Programs for 2020-2021. Read here.


The Women of Steel (WOS) campaign aims to support women in welding, through strategic engagement programs, both virtual and hands on learning, that connect introductory welders to mentors. The campaign provides learning opportunities that foster education, growth, confidence, and experiences for women from across Canada interested in exploring potential welding career options while learning about the trade.

CWB Welding Foundation (CWBWF) initiated a social media engagement strategy in 2018 with the hopes of sharing an array of Canadian female welding journeys and encouraging other young women to explore education and careers in welding. To date more than 40 female welders have joined the network, and actively share career news and personal success stories.

In April 2019, the Foundation received a federal grant that allowed the next and more active phase of the social engagement strategy to commence, as well as the implementation of WOS Forging New Opportunities: Introduction to Welding Program (IWP), a structured 30 hour pilot course which was launched in summer 2019 at six partner post-secondary institutions across Canada. Both initiatives aim to encourage, support, and inspire women to explore both traditional and new options for careers in the trade, for many significant opportunities for employment exist.

New Introduction to Welding Programs for 2020

Based on the success of the initial 6 programs, funding has continued and we are now pleased to be able to announce and recruit a further 5 program hosts for spring/summer 2020.

Please note that these programs must commence by June 30, 2020.  If your institution is interested in being a host for this program, please complete and submit an expression of interest using the application form on this page by April 15, 2020.

The WOS-Forging New Opportunities: IWP will deliver an introduction to the welding profession to participants across five post-secondary institutions across Canada, targeting women. At this time, the program is only available in English.  This program encourages participants to explore careers in welding, gain valuable work experience, enables them to make informed career choices, and develop the skills needed to find and keep good, well-paying jobs in the trade and labour market across Canada.

Each participant will complete a 30-hour course that covers and introduction to the welding trade, Health and Safety, Basic Theory of SMAW, welding with the SMAW process, and at the end participants will be tested to obtain CWB Welder Qualifications in a fillet weld, flat position.

WOS aims to unite women in both traditional and non-traditional welding careers across Canada and to highlight female welders’ journeys into welding careers and their subsequent career advancement, illustrating both the challenges and opportunities they are tasked with, and how the profession has impacted their lives. Currently over 40 women across Canada are actively involved and contribute to a growing sisterhood of welding professionals, welding engineers, educators, inspectors, academics, and entrepreneurs. This initiative helps to clarify and update perceptions of a career in the skilled trades and illustrates a variety of pathways and new and advanced employment.

Opportunities have included:

  • CWB Association Chapter hosted informational events
  • Web-based roundtable event highlighting WOS participants
  • The development of a mentorship program, pairing young women interested in welding with WOS participants

We want to hear from you! Send your inquiries and comments to wos@cwbweldingfoundation.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn using #WomenofSteel.