Whether you are just leaving secondary school to pursue the trades or are making a career switch, skilled trades training can be expensive. However, it isn’t impossible. There are skilled trades funding options available specific to trades women to help encourage a more diverse workforce in the skilled trades.
Women in Trades Bursary
The Women in Trades Bursary is awarded by the Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology (RRC). They award two women annually entering into non-traditional trades a maximum of $1500 each. The $1500 is intended to cover the cost of tuition and fees of women in the skilled trades.
To be eligible for the Bursary, interested applicants are required to fill out the General RRC Application, as well as a one-page essay or letter which describes the applicant’s career goals and a brief life history. The application should also be accompanied by a letter of reference from a previous instructor, employer, or professional reference.
Women in the Trade Scholarship Fund
The Women in the Trade Scholarship Fund is available to women working in the trades who are actively pursuing an additional degree or certification in a trade supported by Dwyer Group, such as landscape management, plumbing, HVAC, appliance repair, glass service and repair, electrical services, painting, restoration, residential cleaning and handyman services. The award amount is a maximum of $1500, awarded to 6 recipients annually. If the program cost is less than the scholarship amount, the recipient will only receive only that amount.
Eligible applicants can apply online, or by completing the application and emailing it to the Scholarship Committee. In addition to the application, the scholarship requirements are 2,500-1000 word essays, and a letter of recommendation from one current supervisor from at least 6 months. Application deadlines occur twice a year, March 31 or September 30. Applications are only valid for one deadline.
Other Funding Options
If you are ineligible for women specific bursaries, scholarships or grants are available to you to help fund your education. The application can be submitted online or through the mail. In addition, there is also a Tradesperson’s Tools Deduction, to help cover the cost of tools you may need when working as a Gas Technician.
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