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Journeywoman Start Red Deer

Journeywoman Start (JWS) is Women Building Futures' flagship, pre-apprenticeship training program. We've had great success in training women for apprenticeships and future employment in Edmonton and we are now thrilled to be offering this program in Red Deer! Since 2001, this program has maintained a 90% employment rate.

Journeywoman Start Red Deer prepares women for a successful career path in the skilled trades and provides the jump start to an entry-level role in the construction and maintenance industry.

This program features classroom and hands-on skills development training that introduces you to five skilled trades that are recognized as apprenticeships in Alberta. This is a full time program, with classes running Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The training for this 12-week, pre-apprentice program will be held at Red Deer College.

Apply today and live, train and work in your own community!

Tuition for this program is funded by the Government of Canada Women in Construction Fund. 

The hands-on experience provides introductory training in drawing and blueprint reading, carpentry, welding, pipefitting, electrical, and plumbing. Academics are included in this program and students will also receive eight safety certifications and basic first aid training. Students will write the AIT exam while in the program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have Class 5 Driver’s License (GDL will be accepted).



Uncertain which program is right for you? Log into the MY WBF portal to access our Program Finder and Trades Exploration Tools to help you find the program that is right for you.

Take the MY WBF tour to learn how to set up an account, register for an information session and how to apply.