Women in Trades Training Initiative (WITT)

The Women in Trades Training initiative helps eligible women kick start their trades career. ITA contracts service providers to deliver:

  • Introductory trade training programs that give you exposure to a variety of trades, upgrading and job placement support.
  • Foundation programs, to help you get job ready
  • Technical training

Programs are tailored to your individual needs, and can include:

  • Funded tuition
  • Tools and books
  • Childcare subsidies
  • Transportation subsidies
  • Career counseling
  • Introductions to employers
  • Safety training
  • Upgrading and essential skills training
  • Exposure to a range of trades


To be eligible for funding and supports, participants must be CJF eligible. Contact one of the Women in Trades Training service providers to see if you might be eligible for funding.

If you don't qualify, we may be able to connect you with other ITA programs and initiatives to help you build your career in the trades.

Contact us to find out if you are eligible and learn more about Women in Trades Training. We can help you build a career in the trades.

Essential Skills = better jobs and pay

What are Essential Skills?

They’re the basic skills every apprentice needs.

Things like reading, math and understanding workplace documents.

Did you know that apprentices with good essential skills are more likely to pass their exams and less likely to be hurt on the job? They can look forward to greater lifetime earnings and promotion opportunities.

ITA Essential Skills is a free online tool to help you develop the foundation skills you need to succeed at training and work, and to help you see what skills are needed for each trade. All trades need some essential skills, but the requirements may vary. For example, both carpenters and bakers use math, but carpenters need trigonometry and bakers do not. You'll be able to find out what essential skills you already have, and what skills you might need to learn. You can work at your own pace to develop the skills for success in your apprenticeship.