Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Women Exploring Trades

Next WiTT offering

March 5, 2018- June 8, 2018

Deadline for applications: February 13 , 2018


This program allows women to participate in six different Red-Seal trade areas over the duration of the program:
  • Electrician
  • Instrumentation mechanic
  • Heavy equipment operator
  • Piping
  • Welding
  • Heavy duty mechanics
  • Millwright
  • Life skills
  • Essential skills (includes math upgrade)

(Programming is subject to change.)

In each of these areas, the candidates are taught essential skills along with related safe work practices while participating in practical and theoretical labs. All classes are taught by TRU staff who hold Red Seal certification in the trade and have many years of industry experience. There is a limit of 14 students per class.

The goal is to allow successful candidates the opportunity to further enrol into a trades foundation or apprenticeship program and/or become employed as a registered apprentice in British Columbia.

Course length

14 week program

Admission requirements

To be eligible for application, all participants must fall into one of the following two categories:

  • Unemployed individuals who are determined to be non-EI clients. Non-EI clients are individuals who do not currently qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and have not been in receipt of EI benefits within the past three years ( or five years for those who received maternity or parental benefits)
  • Employed individuals who are determined to be low skilled, in particular, employed individuals who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized certification or who have low levels of literacy and essential skills.
Participant Eligibility Worksheet

Application process

Once you have determined eligibility, email the following to

  • Participant Eligibility form
  • Resume
  • One-page written essay: Describe why you are interested in the program and what are your career goals.

Support available

Paid tuition, books, tools, personal protective equipment, and bus pass or parking may be available.

Email your completed application package to