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 was designed by skilled trades experts to help participants develop as leaders in the workplace. The applications for the September 2024 cohort are now open. Applications are due by June 28th, 2024. Those accepted to the program will be notified by July 26th, 2024.

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 learning effective strategies and practical tips, participants will be empowered to become leaders.

Program Highlights

Subject matter experts deliver training on topics that support effective leadership. Participants are required to complete all five modules of the National Leadership Program for Women in the Skilled Trades.

An online learning management system allows for self-paced progress. A two-hour virtual group session is scheduled by your facilitator at the end of each module to clarify and discuss key issues.

The full program will take approximately 4 months to complete.


Program Outcomes

The program provides 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, participants must complete the course work and assignments for each module. Active participation and keeping to course timelines are key.

The goal is that participants obtain leadership skills that employers will recognize.

Our Commitment

CAF-FCA is committed to delivering engaging and purposeful content as participants develop leadership 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 should take an estimated six hours to complete. Learning materials and content are provided through an online platform. Throughout the program, participants share ideas in discussion posts and journal entries. A facilitator and tradeswoman coach will be available to offer support and active participation is encouraged throughout. The program culminates in a final assignment based on all 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.