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.


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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