WOMEN IN SKILLED TRADES

National Leadership Development Program

Many women apprentices and journeypersons have limited access to leadership training in areas such as self advocacy, public speaking, conflict resolution and mentoring.

The National Leadership Development Program has been designed by experts in the trades to help teach the skills to become leaders in the workplace. We are seeking 13 tradeswomen from across the country to participate in the Fall 2022 cohort.

Program Overview

Participants in the National Leadership Development Program will be guided through five modules by subject matter experts, learning effective strategies and gaining practical tips to empower them as leaders in their workplaces and the broader skilled trades community. With improved skills in key areas, participants will gain the confidence to take on leadership roles on the job site and within their unions.

This program will provide women and gender diverse individuals an opportunity to gain experience in a supportive environment. By gaining effective strategies and practical tips, participants will be empowered to become leaders.

Program Highlights

Subject matter experts will deliver training on topics that support effective leadership. Participants must finish all five modules to be recognized as having completed the National Leadership Program for Women in the Skilled Trades.

Modules will be taped in advance to allow for self paced online learning. A facilitated two-hour virtual group session will be scheduled by a facilitator at the end of each module to clarify and discuss key issues.

The full program will take approximately 4 months to complete. Participants who start in September 2022 will be finished Modules 1-5 by December and will then participate in the final group session.

MODULE 1 :
PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP
MODULE 2 :
COMMUNICATING WITH CONFIDENCE
MODULE 3 :
TEAMWORK, MENTORING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
MODULE 4 :
SUPERVISORY & MANAGEMENT SKILLS
MODULE 5 :
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Program Outcomes

The program will provide tools and resources to help tradeswomen develop skills required to advance in their career. It offers an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and provides recognition within your industry.

Program graduates may find opportunities to use these new skills as:

  • Mentors
  • Supervisors or managers
  • Union stewards
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Skilled trades advocates

Your Commitment

To be successful in this program, each participant will be required to complete the course work and assignments for each module. The goal is that participants obtain leadership skills that employers will recognize. Active participation and keeping to course timelines are key.

Our Commitment

CAF-FCA is committed to delivering engaging and purposeful content as participants develop skills. CAF-FCA will support your learning journey in a way that is meaningful and helpful. We are committed to your success.

A Successful Journey

Each module will take an estimated six hours to complete. Learning materials and content will be provided through the online platform. Throughout the program, participants will share ideas in discussion posts and journal entries. A facilitator and coach will be available to offer support and active participation is encouraged throughout. The program culminates in a final assignment based on course content.

For more detailed information, please refer to our Participant Guide.

Join the National Leadership Development Program

Women or gender diverse individuals in the final year of their apprenticeship or who are journeypersons may apply. We recognize the distinct barriers faced by women and gender-diverse people from multiple marginalized backgrounds in accessing this type of training. Those from diverse backgrounds (e.g., who are newcomers, identify as 2SLGBTQ+, have a disability, or who are Indigenous, or a person of colour) are especially encouraged to apply.