Our guest speakers will help Career Development Professionals become more familiar with a new service to PEI called Office to Advance Women Apprentices.
Date: February 5, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30 - storm date: February 6, 2020 12:00- 1:30
Location: Royalty Center, 40 Enman Cr., Charlottetown, Room # 125
Lunch: Provided at no cost!
Lunch is sponsored by Office to Advance Women Apprentices
Cheryl McNeill, Project Coordinator, Office to Advance Women Apprentices
Samantha Petrie - Apprenticeship Program Officer, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Melissa Smith - Tradeswoman & participant, Office to Advance Women Apprentices
Cheryl McNeill knows first-hand what it takes to work in trades and balance a busy life. She is a Power Engineer and a single parent of four girls. She worked in Alberta, and also studied Petroleum Engineering Technology. After she moved back home, she went to Holland College to learn her trade.
“Office to Advance Women Apprentices helps break down barriers and educates industry representatives and those who are interested in working in the trades,” says Cheryl. “My role is to help women to become employed and maintain employed in their field. Trades careers are a great opportunity to learn, grow, and develop every day, while making a good living. There are endless opportunities.”
Samantha Petrie worked as a Machinist before she joined the provincial government. Samantha will introduce her new role with the Apprenticeship Program and discuss how she will be partnering with the Office to Advance Women Apprentices
Melissa Smith will be sharing her experience as a participant with Office to Advance Women Apprentices. She took the Holland College Heritage Retrofit Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, and the Wood Manufacturing programs. “I now am a union member and I get good pay. When I first started I was the only female in the union on PEI, but now there are about six women. Before I met Cheryl, I was fighting the battle on my own.” Her goal is to earn her Red Seal in Carpentry.
This is the first in a series of free sessions for CDA of PEI members. If you would like to attend these sessions but are not a member, please complete the membership form.
Please register for the Office to Advance Women Apprentices Lunch and Learn by January 31.
To register, complete the form below.
Cheryl McNeill , Project Coordinator
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices-PEI assists in enhancing employment outcomes for women in underrepresented skilled trades by:
Addressing barriers limiting women’s entry, advancement, and completion of apprenticeship in Red Seal construction trades.
Developing and maintaining a registry database to help track and connect women to trades employment.
Providing wrap-around supports including career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities .
Coaching and mentoring employers and apprentices .
Providing workshops to prepare tradeswomen to write their Red Seal exam.
Helping women to consider trades and take steps to explore the many options .