Program aims to get more women into traditional trades

The 12-week project is run by the Women's Network PEI

Monday, April 25, 2016

The 12-week project is run by the Women's Network PEI and is designed to increase the number of women in non-traditional trades and technology occupations in the province. Its overall goal is to move women from poverty to a sustainable livelihood.

Sarah Neusch, left, and Leah Landin are graduates from the 12-week Trade Herizons program. Landin holds her certificate after her recent graduation in Charlottetown’s Royalty Centre. Neusch graduated from the program in 2010 and is now a red seal welder with DME in Charlottetown. [© Guardian photo]

The Guardian, April 23, 2016, BY EVAN CERETTI

Christine Lykow hadn't graduated from anything since Grade 9, more than 20 years earlier.  

That changed recently when the 37-year-old accepted her certificate at the graduation ceremony for the seventh cohort of the Trade Herizons project.

"It was incredible," said Lykow.

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During the 12 weeks, women learn skills in four main areas: career exploration, such as visiting Holland College program sites; career development, such as conducting labour market research; essential skills, such as writing and arithmetic; and personal development, such as learning communication skills.

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