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Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society

Immigrant Women Trades Apprenticeship Program (IWTA)

About IWTA Program

Fully funded – The IWTA project focuses on recruiting, retaining and helping women apprentices in five identified Red Seal Trades in British Columbia. It is a 10-week program that supports immigrant women apprentices from intercultural equity deserving groups who are underserved, facing multiple barriers to employment in these Red Seal trades in British Columbia.

Immigrant women carpenter


  • 6-weeks of skills training followed by 4 weeks of work experience with employers
  • Peer mentorship opportunities from experienced women in trades
  • Living expenses, Participation and completion recognition
  • Need based supports; adaptive technology, transportation and dependent care
  • Professional work clothing, safety equipment, and criminal record check support
  • Other supports in terms of materials, supplies, and books
  • Individualized and customized action plan
  • Employment support in terms of job readiness workshops and post employment support

Eligibility Criteria

Immigration Status + Women, Current resident of BC

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Refugee with Court Notice of Decision

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